Flexible solar panels – expressions of interest

Flexible solar panels – expressions of interest

The Study

STELR has collaborated with CSIRO and Stanford University to conduct a study on the durability of CSIRO’s printed flexible solar panels in a ‘non-laboratory’ environment. A secondary aim of the study is to develop awareness of this next generation solar technology.

We are writing to you to seek expressions of interest (EoI) from schools who would like to take part in the study during 2019.

The Deal

If your EoI is successful, you will receive:

  • Four flexible solar panels (10cm x 10cm)
  • One data logger to measure the energy output of the panels
  • Curriculum materials which provide suggested activities using the solar panels

Your responsibilities:

  • To have your students undertake activities using the panels. The panels can be used in conjunction with the STELR Renewable Energy, Sustainable Housing, Electricity and Energy and Solar Car modules; or stand-alone activities can be undertaken.
  • Collect and record data including
    • The number of times (days, sessions) used
    • The amount of time used
    • Temperature
    • Voltage
    • Indoor, outdoor
    • Light conditions (direct sunlight, shade, indoor etc)
    • Storage conditions
  • At the end of 2019, return the panels to be examined to see if and how it has degraded. (You will receive four new panels in exchange and you can keep all 4 panels and the data logger).

The researchers will assess the condition of the returned panel and collate information on the resilience of the panels with their usage.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please complete the expression of interest form here

For further information contact Peter Pentland, Executive Manager, Applied Schools Program, peter.pentland@applied.org.au , +61 3 9864 0906 0r +61 424 428 330.