Solar paint

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Solar Paint is an environmentally friendly solar cell technology that will allow every household in Australia to generate their own electricity, affordably and sustainably. This offers the tantalising prospect of paints that generate electricity directly from sunlight.

The invention involves the development of a completely printable organic solar cell based on semiconducting polymer nanoparticles dispersed in water. Essentially these tiny particles in suspension are a water-based paint, which can be printed or coated over large areas. In the first instance these coatings will be put onto plastic sheets that can be placed on the roof of a house. However, in the longer term it will be possible to directly paint a roof or building surface.[1]

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[edit] Key advantages

The key advantage of these organic solar cells are:

  • They can be printed at high speeds across large areas using roll-to-roll processing techniques thus creating the tantalising vision of coating every roof and other suitable building surface with photovoltaic materials at extremely low cost.
  • These coatings will initially be put onto plastic sheets that can be placed on the roof of a house. In the longer term, it may be possible to directly paint a roof or building surface.
  • Organic solar cells will use the same standard inverter technology used by conventional solar cells to connect the electricty grid network.
  • The organic solar cells are coated from water onto recyclable plastic sheets such as PET and thus are completely environmentally friendly.
  • Ultimately, this invention will mean that every household in Australia will be able to generate its own electricity from a sustainable and renewable resource, using a paint coating on their own roof.

[edit] About the Inventor

Professor Paul Dastoor is a Professor of Physics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He received his B.A. degree in Natural Sciences and his PhD in Surface Physics, also from the University of Cambridge. After completing his doctorate he joined the Surface Chemistry Department at British Steel before taking up his present appointment at the University of Newcastle. He was an EPSRC Visiting Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK in 2002 and a CCLRC Visiting Research Fellow at the Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire, UK in 2004 – 05. He has published over 60 papers in refereed journals and has extensive commercialisation experience with 3 patents. He is the Founding Director of the Centre for Organic Electronics at the University of Newcastle that is focussed on the development of electronic devices based on semi-conducting polymers.

[edit] Contact details

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[edit] References

  1. New Inventors: Solar Paint
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