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Video: Researchers Use Spray-Coating Technique to Develop Cheaper Solar Cells

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Spray coating to produce solar cells
Ann R. Thryft   3/1/2013 3:29:12 PM
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Good point. Adapting glass to be flexible enough for roll-to-roll production was one of the big deals in Corning's Willow Glass, which DN covered here http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=245491

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Spray coating to produce solar cells
William K.   2/28/2013 10:24:28 PM
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As the article states, spray coating is a fairly mature process and the ultrasonic method has quite a few advantages. But using this method to produce solar cells is a really good sounding plan. Now, if it is possible to produce the spray coated cells in a roll to roll process then there will be some fantastic increases in production capability, and it will be a great advance indeed.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Novel idea
Ann R. Thryft   2/28/2013 12:47:33 PM
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I should have mentioned, that its versatility also appeals to me.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/28/2013 3:52:16 AM
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Thanks, Ann. I actually especially like the idea that this spray coating can be used on other surfaces as well and allow other objects to harvest solar energy, too. It's really quite clever and not such a difficult concept to grasp. Let's see if it catches on in production. I think maybe one hurdle is that solar cells already are quite inexpensive, so maybe people might think if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/27/2013 2:48:55 PM
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Thanks for reporting this Elizabeth. Totally cool combo of materials & process.

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