Spray on, printable and other new thin film technology looks set to provide a major boost to the global solar market.

Currently being developed by researchers and a small number of companies, the new film materials offer the potential of lighter and cheaper manufacturing.

With big names including Panasonic, Fujifilm, Statoil ASA and Legal & General Capital now investing in the technology, energy experts expect the first panels to be on sale within five to 10 years.

“This field is moving so rapidly that I’m sure in a few years you will start seeing products you can actually hold in your hand,”

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