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Solar Cells Printed on Aluminum Foil Cost Less

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William K.
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Roll-printed solar cells on aluminum foil.
William K.   7/18/2012 11:20:14 PM
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Interesting discussion already here. The proof, of coure, will be in the production. When I can order these cells from one of the suppliers that advertise in Design News, and actually have the product arrive and function as advertised, then it will be a valid item. In the interim, press releases can keep stock prices up and keep investors coming. Oh Well!

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Re: Roll-printed solar cells on aluminum foil.
Ann R. Thryft   7/25/2012 11:44:08 AM
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There are good arguments for why thin-film solar may eventually be less expensive overall than current PV solar, since its efficiencies tend to be higher. The main problem has been with expensive production methods, so cutting cost there could potentially cut overall costs. Nanosolar is not the only company to make a CIGS-type ink, or to print circuits on aluminum foil (although other circuits printed on foil are not usually used for solar cells). Since their panels are aimed at utility-sized installations, I doubt that they'll be available for sale to individuals anytime soon, or why an individual would want one.

William K.
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Solar cells printed on aluminum foil
William K.   7/25/2012 9:58:01 PM
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I understand that the target market is huge utility arrays, but why wouldn't I want to make my own custom sized array for my own use? And as an engineer with a whole lot of experience in designing products to satisfy customers requirements, don't you think that I might be able to figure out my own requirements? In addition to all of that, almost without exception, products targeted for industrial applications are far more reliable than the current grade of trash presented to the general public. so it is certain that I could build a solar cell array far more durable than what I could buy, and have fun building it besides. Some of us engineers actually enjoy the design and build process, and find a good bit of pleasure in a project that functions well the very first time. 

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Re: Solar cells printed on aluminum foil
Ann R. Thryft   7/26/2012 2:13:47 PM
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William, I also tend to buy commercial-grade equipment when possible, for the same reasons. And I also like to design and build my own stuff, although usually it's in the realm of non-metallic and non-electronic items like furniture, various wood structures, food, or clothing. My point here was that these panels are optimized for very large buildings, so are more applicable to a utility installation than an individual home, thus the rhetorical question.

William K.
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Solar cells printed on aluminum foil
William K.   7/26/2012 11:03:26 PM
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Ann, it still would be interesting to see what I could do with that kind of material, since it might be easy to work with. Of course we did not hear much about just how durable it is, which may be the show-stopper. If the material was not excessivley expensive it may just be something very interesting to experiment with. There could be a lot of possibilities.

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Re: Solar cells printed on aluminum foil
Ann R. Thryft   7/27/2012 12:56:38 PM
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Thanks for the reply--I see your point. Yes, it would be interesting to find out, especially after these utility trials, if the material is adaptable to smaller panels for home use. Of course, it may take awhile before enough volumes occur in large-scale usage to bring down the material price. Or other factors may help bring down the price if that material is already in use in other industries.

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Kerny   8/5/2012 10:08:26 AM
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Is this foil then able to be shaped to form non flat surfaces?

Like for instance; could you shape hood, fender, roof, etc. of a vehicle with it?

Allowing total outter surfaces of a car to be layered with it?

Making a solar, electric vehicle like this would be awsome.

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