Humanity has been pursuing a viable, sustainable power source for centuries. People nearly wiped out many forests cutting down trees, only to discover coal and fossil fuels just in time to stop the madness. Now that we’re reaching a point where fossil fuels aren’t sustainable, scientists are looking hard for a new solution. While we have been able to make electricity from the sun for over a century, we haven’t been able to make it cheap, simple, and fast. Not until now anyway.
3D Printing Solar Panels
Wouldn’t it be great if every smartphone came with a simple solar panel on the back that would charge it when you set your phone on the windowsill? Well scientists in Australia may be very close to a commercially viable product that does just that.
Because 3D printing has made producing these tiny, flexible solar strips so inexpensive it’s likely that the technology will easily move to places that can’t afford more expensive green energy. This includes undeveloped or underdeveloped nations looking for a way to produce power, as well as markets where there’s a demand for solar energy that can’t afford current options.
3D Printed Solar Powered Motors
Youtube member 3D_Printing built two Ez Spin motors featuring five-volt solar panels. Without 3D printing technology he would not have been able to make these motors and he hopes they will run non-stop for 100 years.
So that’s just one more way that 3D printers have revolutionized the world. They recycle, they’ve changed the way we build everything from houses to cars, and now they might solve our energy crisis too.