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Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere, making sunshine a diminishing commodity for the next few months. Undeterred by this impending seasonal abridgment of daylight, Australian scientists have just announced a solar energy innovation: a process to print solar cells using a variation of an ink-jet printer.
Well, it's a $200,000 variation, so I don't expect to be printing photovoltaic cells in my basement any time soon. Nonetheless, the process makes it economical - at least from a manufacturing standpoint - to put inexpensive PV cells where they wouldn't otherwise be feasible. Their research was sponsored by CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and several industry partners.