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Xerox PARC to Build Micro-PV Cell Printer for DOE’s ARPA-E

Xerox PARC to Build Micro-PV Cell Printer for DOE's ARPA-E - top government contractors - best government contracting event

chipletsPARC, a Xerox company, will develop a prototype micro-photovoltaic cell printer for the Energy Department as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy‘s Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration program.

Xerox said Wednesday the program aims to facilitate the high-volume, economical production of micro-PV cell arrays.

The company added that PARC will utilize digital xerographic assembly to build a printer that uses sand-sized chiplets as “ink,” which are then digitally placed and electrically interconnected into arrays.

“This type of printing gives us a whole new way to think about making PV panels, especially as we develop and target this technology to support the MOSAIC program goal of developing lightweight, low-cost and high-efficient concentrated PV system, using millions of tiny solar cells on a panel,” said Jeng Ping Lu, a researcher at PARC.

Xerox noted that the project team will work with Sandia National Laboratories on digital manufacturing techniques and demonstrate the prototype printer using two types of backplanes.

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