The 36-year-old Malinkiewicz has developed a novel inkjet processing method for perovskites a new generation of cheaper solar cells.
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What if one day all buildings could be equipped with windows and facades that satisfy the structure's every energy need, whether rain or shine? That sustainability dream is today one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to Polish physicist and businesswoman Olga Malinkiewicz. The 36-year-old has developed a novel inkjet processing method for perovskites -- a new generation of cheaper solar cells -- that makes it possible to produce solar panels under lower temperatures, thus sharply reducing costs.Indeed, perovskite technology is on track to revolutionize access to solar power for all, given its surprising physical properties, some experts say.The Swedish construction group Skanska is testing the cutting-edge panels on the facade of one of its buildings in Warsaw.A standard panel of around 1.3 square meters, at a projected cost of 50 euros ($57), would supply a day's worth of energy to an office workstation, according to current estimates. Malinkiewicz insists that the initial cost of her products will be comparable to conventional solar panels.
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