Research could make solar energy more attractive
University researchers and utilities are conducting solar panel research that could make the energy source more attractive for Kansas users.
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#1 Aug 30, 2014
"The Topeka Capital-Journal ( http://bit.ly/1trUNjC ) reports that a lab at the University of Kansas is working on producing flexible panels that will be more cost-effective than current silicon models. The technology they're using would print a "solar ink" on a panel and use that to generate electricity."
Nanosolar and Kanarka have both made panels that are made from a "printable ink" or are flexible panels. Both have filed bankruptcy. The cost of standard crystal solar panels have dropped dramatically and the "new" printing technology can't quite compete. So, what is the University of Kansas going to do that is different? Scaling a new technology from the lab to the mass manufacturing sector is not always profitable.
#2 Aug 30, 2014
OOOoops, that's Konarka, the company's assets were bought out by a German investment group.
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