Don’t stop the presses: UofL studying printing solar panels

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The University of Louisville has won a $1 million grant for researching the manufacture of thin solar panels by repurposing printing presses.

The university says in a release that the goal is to reduce the cost of producing solar panels. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

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The project at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research will focus on thin film solar cell production using a roll-to-roll platform, the same used to print newspapers.

Thad Druffel, who is leading the research at the Conn Center, says the technology can revitalize a declining printing industry and boost a growing solar industry.