Mechanisms and innovative technologies for machining nanoscale multilayered thin film solar panels (2012–2016)
Multilayered thin film solar panels are essential components for developing the next generation of clean and renewable energy solutions. However, challenges of assembly and productivity for the thin film solar panels limit the efficiency of the final products. Further research into the machining of the nanoscale multilayers is required if the technology is to progress. This project aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the deformation mechanics of multilayered thin film solar structures under machining-induced loading. A successful outcome will not only develop a high efficiency machining technology for the solar energy industry, but new understanding of materials science will be generated.