Imagine if solar cells could be cheap, lightweight, flexible and colourful. They could be incorporated into our world in all manner of new, creative and affordable ways. For example they could be placed on windows, awnings, car roofs, clothes and textiles, to power our everyday appliances and electronics. If the windows of the Eureka tower were covered with semi-transparent solar cells, you could easily provide power for more than 100 households.
I’m part of a group at CSIRO Manufacturing, working towards this goal using solar cells that are printed onto plastic substrates using inks and solutions.
For these solar cells to be cheap and fully flexible, new transparent electrode materials are needed. My research focuses on using nanotechnology to tackle this challenge.