Konarka Tests The First Inkjet Printed Solar Cells

Konarka Tests The First Inkjet Printed Solar Cells

Konarka Technologies is a company which is trying to develop new ways of producing solar energy, with its headquarters in Lowell, Massachusetts and it was founded in 2001. On 4th of March they announced that they have successfully tested the manufacturing process of inkjet printed solar cells. This project was published in a journal called “Advanced Materials” entitled “High Photovoltaic Performance of Inkjet Printed Polymer:Fullerene Blends” and it was developed by a Konarka team consisting of Dr. Stelios A. Choulis, Claudia N. Hoth, Dr. Pavel Schilinsky and Dr. Christoph J. Brabec.

According to Rick Hess, president and CEO at Konarka, this a big step for more efficient solar cells and here are a few of his words: “demonstrating the use of inkjet printing technology as a fabrication tool for highly efficient solar cells and sensors with small area requirements is a major milestone”, also he said: “this essential breakthrough in the field of printed solar cells positions Konarka as an emerging leader in printed photovoltaics”.

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