17. Photovoltaics

  1. Prof. Dr. Jan G. Korvink2,
  2. Dr. Patrick J. Smith3 and
  3. Dr. Dong-Youn Shin4
  1. Heather A. S. Platt and
  2. Maikel F. A. M. van Hest

Published Online: 23 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527647101.ch17

Inkjet-Based Micromanufacturing

Inkjet-Based Micromanufacturing

How to Cite

Platt, H. A. S. and van Hest, M. F. A. M. (2012) Photovoltaics, in Inkjet-Based Micromanufacturing (eds J. G. Korvink, P. J. Smith and D.-Y. Shin), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527647101.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Freiburg, Department of Microsystems Engineering - IMTEK Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies - FRIAS Georges-Koehler-Allee 103, 79110 Freiburg, Germany

  2. 3

    The University of Sheffield, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kroto Research Institute, Broad Lane, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S3 7HQ, UK

  3. 4

    Pukyong National University, Department Printing and Information Engineering, San 100, Yongdang-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, 608-739, South Korea

Author Information

  1. National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401-3393, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 4 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527319046

Online ISBN: 9783527647101



  • inkjet printing;
  • photovoltaics


Solution-based processes such as inkjet printing are particularly attractive because they can directly deposit the thin films and patterns that are required to build photovoltaic devices. This chapter focuses on the specifics of applying inkjet printing to solar cells. Silicon, CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (CIGS), CdTe, and organic semiconductors form the basis of the types of cells in production at present, and these are introduced briefly in the chapter, followed by specific examples of solution-deposited cell components. The chapter discusses the small handful of noteworthy commercial suppliers who are developing tools specifically for photovoltaic manufacturing. Finally, an assessment of the potential for inkjet printing to contribute to high-volume and low-cost solar cell manufacturing is given. Overall, the inkjet printing industry for use photovoltaics is still in its infancy.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

ink jet printing; organic semiconductors; photovoltaic systems