Electric vehicle uses printed solar panels in test drive all around Australia

Commercially printed solar cell technology produced by the University of Newcastle is being tested to power an electric vehicle's 15 000 kilometre voyage around the whole coast of Australia.

A pioneering environmental supporter will become the first individual to road test advanced printed solar cells, on an unbelievable EV road trip around Australia.

Stuart McBain will undertake the significant campaign; Charge Around Australia (CAA), to champion EV uptake, while at the same time supplying the most painstaking trial to date for the revolutionary solar cells, designed at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

The accounting professional from Liverpool in the UK has swapped the cloudy chilly environment of home for the beaming hot outback, as he sets off from Newcastle in New South Wales for a lap around Australia.

Within his electric vehicle are rolls of printed solar that will be utilized to aid power the vehicle on the 15 000 km journey.

The main obstacles for printed organic photovoltaics are definitely effectiveness as well as durability, the Charge Around Australia project details. It states comprehensive economic modelling has discovered that even with modest device efficiency and also lifetimes, large area oriented photovoltaic tech can take on fossil fuel power.