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The 3D printers they are on everyone's lips, filling newspaper pages and making appearances in music videos (see will.i.am - Scream & Shout ft. Britney Spears, photo below). Indeed, even President Obama talks about it stating that the 3d printing “it has the potential to revolutionize our daily routine ”.
Someone, with the 3D printer, he managed to build a Robot; a chef, on the other hand, made us cookies. Well, in scope environmental, will succeed 3D printing to revolutionize thesolar industry?
The 3D printers they are defined as the normal evolution of 2D printing. Such an evolution could play a crucial role when it comes to energy storage and technology photovoltaic. Traditional photovoltaic models are made with materials such as copper, indium, gallium, silicon and selenide; there are far too many in production processes waste.
The researchers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believe that models photovoltaic obtained with the 3D printing they could be 20 percent more efficient than conventional solar panels. There 3D printing could also open excellent prospects on the economic level: it is estimated that the accuracy of 3D printing could break down i production costs by about 50 percent. There 3D printing it would eliminate many of the inefficiencies associated with waste of materials such as glass, polysilicon and indium.
Another advantage is the production site. With the spread of 3D technology, solar panels they could be produced in the same geographic region where they will be installed. This will cut transport costs and solve the problem of low cost of the Chinese labor.