25 Aug '12, 7pm

Solar Pocket Factory Aims to Make Small-Scale Solar Widely Available

Solar Pocket Factory Aims to Make Small-Scale Solar Widely Available

The partners decided that if they could automate the production and testing, they could save around 25% of the cost of a panel. This would also greatly cut down on the numbers thrown away because of defective soldering. Those savings could be put into use by using higher-quality materials, improving the lifespan and efficiency of the panels. “As an end result, we could make microsolar panels about 30% cheaper than the existing panels and make them last five times longer in the sun.” Another very important part of their project is to make the machine similar to a 3D printer, making manufacturing a more open-ended process where designs are open source and available to anyone. The inventors have already created instructions on how to make your own solar-powered cell phone charger and other projects.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/08/24/solar-pocket-factory-...

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