Some call it trade conflict, others even war: Commentaries on the latest U.S. Department of Commerce ruling against Chinese solar panel manufacturers tend to focus on the extremes. However, nobody seems to have read the official fact sheet.
There have been approaches to liquid, paint-on solar cells (e.g. in this blog). One commenter there pointed at one of the problems: how to transport the power away? This is an indication of the bigger issue, electrical conductivity. A new finding seems to solve this problem - to some extent at least.
The photovoltaics industry is booming, and the market for solar farms is growing quickly all over the world. However, planning PV power plants in order to make them as efficient as possible is not an easy task. A new type of software now is supposed to simplify conceptualk design.
While solar cells based on organic materials are more expensive than traditional silicon-based ones and significantly less efficient, they do have some advantages. They can be manufactured as flexible films, suitable for many surfaces without intricate mounting frames, and can make efficient use of low light conditions. New developments even indicate that the overall efficiency has the potential to rise into the area of anorganic cells.