Solar panels are plaged by low efficency however as technology increases we are begining to see an increase. Organic solar panels could be the next step not ownly do they ahve a higher efficeny but can be produce cheaper. Standard PV stands at around £1.20 per watt, this could be reduced to around 50p per watt. A hole roof could be covered in panels.
The project aims to formulate and implement in tandem organic solar cells with longer life, increased levels of solar conversion efficiency, and reduced production levels. The project X10D works with a goal of making organic solar cell technology in line with the market and competitive thin-film solar.
IMEC tandem organic solar cells on glass plates with a power conversion efficiency at 5.15%. Credit: IMEC
Organic solar cells promise to have the basics such as the level of energy production and lower manufacturing costs necessary for the successful launch of a new photovoltaic technology. However, currently available technologies for organic solar cells do not work well in closed conditions and suffer from low conversion efficiency of solar energy and do not correspond to the efficiency of silicon photovoltaic technologies dominate.
The project X10D use a new type of manufacturing technology, materials, design and architecture in an attempt to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells to 12% at the cellular level and 9% at the module. The project aims to improve the life of the modules that use OPV glass for 20 years and leaves of 10 years and reduce the cost of the modules of less than 0.70 / watt-peak.
The project will collect the sun’s technology and expertise to companies in Europe, the well-known research institutes and universities. It will also take advantage of exclusive services of OPV research and development team, which deals with both small molecule based OPV technology and solutions developed. This project is part of the value chain, such as cycle life, energy, design, encapsulation, laser etching equipment and procedures, new transparent conductors, large area deposition processes and equipment, device development and classification of the time, and material development and up-grading.
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