*NEWS*INKJET PRINTERS TO PRINT SOLAR CELLS

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*NEWS*INKJET PRINTERS TO PRINT SOLAR CELLS

 user 2008-03-05 at 2:29:26 pm Views: 59
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    Konarka shows inkjets may print out the future of solar cells
    Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology – Mass High Tech
    Executives
    at thin film photovoltaic technology developer Konarka Technologies
    Inc. report the Lowell-based company has successfully conducted the
    first-ever demonstration of manufacturing solar cells by inkjet
    printing.Rick Hess, president and CEO of the company, called the
    demonstration a “milestone” for the company and an “essential
    breakthrough in the field of printed solar cells,” in a statement.

    Inkjet
    printing is a commonly used technique for controlled deposition of
    materials in specific locations on a substrate, primarily used to make
    flexible electronic circuits. By using the process in the development
    of solar cells, the need for “clean rooms” is eliminated, and
    manufacturers can work with a number of different substrates, including
    plastics, and different colors, according to company officials.Spun out
    of the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2001, Konarka and its
    power plastics technology has been one of the most well-funded startups
    in the area. The company has secured a total of $105 million in private
    financing from a number of investors, including 3i Group, Draper Fisher
    Jurvetson, New Enterprise Associates, and Good Energies Investments.