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Photovoltaics in Print: Foil could be used on external facades

An Austrian research consortium will focus on the further development of photovoltaic foils over the next three years. In the future such foils should be able to be printed at a speed of 40 meters per minute.

An Austrian research consortium will focus on the further development of photovoltaic foils over the next three years. In the future such foils should be able to be printed at a speed of 40 meters per minute.

The already-patented core innovation of the company “crystalsol” is an active light-absorbing layer made of crystalline semiconductor powder fixed in a polymer layer, said Axel Neisser, Technical Director of the development company behind the foil “crystalsol”. The composition of the powder is based on easily obtainable materials, such as copper, zinc, tin, sulfur and selenium, and is thus favorably priced. The foils are suitable for being integrated into building elements, according to the company.

Crystalsol is working with the company Forster Verkehrs- und Werbetechnik GmbH, the Polymer Competence Center Leoben, NanoTecCenter Weiz, the research specialist Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) within the context of the research project “print.PV”. Experts in the field of material and process development want to move ahead with the concept during the duration of the project, from the first “proof of concept” to validation in a realistic environment.

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