Research institutes are discovering new ways to manufacture flexible and printed electronics systems in their labs.
David Savastano, Editor11.07.14
There are many methods to producing printed electronics systems, and researchers and manufacturers alike are trying to design methods to improve their products. Some of the most interesting work in occurring in the labs at research institutes.
In a major development, scientists from Solliance, a thin-film solar cell research alliance, reported that they produced the world’s first organic photovoltaics (OPVs) to be made exclusively with inkjet printing processes.
Solliance added that the processes offer complete flexibility of cell shape, substrate and structure, and are ideal for rapid product development and prototyping as well as up-scaling to volume manufacturing of cost-effective products. According to Solliance, the all-inkjet-printed OPVs were created with standard, affordable materials and are free of indium tin oxide (ITO), further reducing production costs and the use of scarce raw materials such as indium.
Ronn Andriessen, program manager OPV at Solliance, said
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