Printed solar cells to power electric vehicle fanatic Stuart McBain in Charge Around Australia

Commercially printed solar cell tech developed by the University of Newcastle is being tested to power an electric vehicle’s 15,097- kilometre voyage around the whole coastline of Australia.

A pioneering environmental advocate will become the first driver to road test advanced printed solar cells, on an ambitious EV road trip around Australia.

Mr Stuart McBain will embark on the significant campaign, Charge Around Australia, to champion electric vehicle uptake, whilst providing easily the most painstaking trial to date for the advanced solar cells, developed at the University of Newcastle.

The accounting professional from Liverpool in the UK has traded the cloudy cold climate of home for the beaming hot outback, as he departs from Newcastle in New South Wales for a lap of Australia.

Inside the electric vehicle are rolls of printed solar and they will be used to serve to help power the vehicle on the 15 000 km trip.

And the major difficulties for printed organic photovoltaics are simply efficiency as well as resilience, the Charge Around Australia project notes. It explains comprehensive economic modelling has found that with only modest device efficiency as well as lifetimes, large area oriented photovoltaic tech can compete with coal-generated energy.

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