New record achieved with Konarka's Power Plastic photovoltaic material with 8.3% efficiency certification

Nov 30, 2010 by Candace Ganger
New world-record achieved with Konarka's Power Plastcis with 8.3% efficiency certification

National Energy Renewable Laboratory (NERL) has announced Konarka Technologies' organic-based photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells have demonstrated the highest performance for an organic photovoltaic cell at a record-breaking efficiency of 8.3%. This unprecedented certification is up from previously produced cells at 6% just two short years ago.

Using a roll-to-roll manifacturing process, Konarka, headquartered in Lowell, Massachusettes, produces flexible solar cells -- Konarka Power Plastic -- which is a thin film of plastic that converts light to energy. They're more affordable than other solar cell technologies because of the material, though continue to seek a viable market.


A co-founder of Konarka says the unsurpassed NREL certification opens new doors for large scale applications.

The company insists the material can be used in a variety of other applications such as tents and shade structures, a carport system, or building integrated photovoltaic systems. Because of the lightweight, flexible material, OPV solar cells may be used where traditional photovoltaic systems may not be as effective.

Explore further: First of four Fukushima reactors cleared of nuclear fuel

More information: Konarka press release: www.konarka.com/index.php/site… ncy_certification_fr

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Renewable energies : the promise of organic solar cells

Apr 08, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- In the race to renewable energy, organic solar cells are now really starting to take off. They can be manufactured easily and cheaply, they have low environmental impact, and since they are compatible with ...

IBM develops promising contender for cheaper solar cells

Feb 11, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Solar cells could make fossil fuels virtually redundant if they were cheaper, but their use of rare elements and complex manufacturing processes makes them expensive. Now IBM Research has ...

Getting wrapped up in solar textiles

Jun 09, 2008

Sheila Kennedy, an expert in the integration of solar cell technology in architecture who is now at MIT, creates designs for flexible photovoltaic materials that may change the way buildings receive and distribute ...

Recommended for you

The state of shale

Dec 19, 2014

University of Pittsburgh researchers have shared their findings from three studies related to shale gas in a recent special issue of the journal Energy Technology, edited by Götz Veser, the Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor of Che ...

Website shines light on renewable energy resources

Dec 18, 2014

A team from the University of Arizona and eight southwestern electric utility companies have built a pioneering web portal that provides insight into renewable energy sources and how they contribute to the ...

Better software cuts computer energy use

Dec 18, 2014

An EU research project is developing tools to help software engineers create energy-efficient code, which could reduce electricity consumption at data centres by up to 50% and improve battery life in smart ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Ratfish
not rated yet Nov 30, 2010
Seems like this just brings it in line with the efficiency of production models of TFPVs. Is this a prototype or a production model? How much cheaper is it?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.