Jul 23, 2017

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Ohio, USA, recently used perovskites to explore 3D printed solar cells. Using Optomec’s aerosol jet technology, the team aims to develop a more efficient and low-cost production process for harnessing solar power.

AFRL 3D prints perovskites solar cells image

The Air Force Research Laboratory is attempting to develop a manufacturing method which automates production of the solar cells to provide a viable industrial output. To do so, the team atomized perovskite materials which can be 3D printed with the Aerosol Jet technology machine. Having coated a flat surface with the droplets, the team created a solar cell with 15.4% efficiency.

The researchers proceeded to print the materials onto 3D surfaces. While the resulting solar cells were less efficient at 5.4%, the AFRL team believes there is potential for solar cells to be incorporated as wearable technology.