3D printing is the next big thing. But what differentiates it from the Apple watch, the self-balancing scooter, or any other sci-fi toy that pops up every few years? 3D printing can now contribute to moving our planet forward by providing a cheaper and more accessible way to create solar panels. Australian scientists have developed paper-thin 3D printable solar panels, which MIT researchers have found to be 20% more efficient, and half the price of regular ones. The uses of these solar panels are endless, but the innovation could be revolutionary in providing clean, renewable energy for 1.3 billion people in developing countries.
Check out the video of the 3D printed-Australian made solar cells here:
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