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What If Clean Energy Was as Easy as Pressing ‘Print’?

Scientists at UW’s Clean Energy Institute are making this future a reality by developing light, thin, cheap and flexible solar panels you can print like newspaper.

August 3, 2018

Imagine if you could turn almost any surface into a solar panel: office windows could power the buildings that house them, your backpack could charge the devices inside while you walk down the street. In a disaster, the tent walls of emergency shelters could generate enough energy to improve conditions for the people inside.

What if solar power was so cheap and efficient that even cloudy places like the Pacific Northwest could rely on it? Scientists at the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington are making this future a reality by developing light, thin, cheap, flexible solar panels you can print like newspaper.



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Sarah Hoffman

Sarah Hoffman is a science and environment producer for Crosscut and KCTS 9.

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