Strategic partnership in the printed solar cell industry


Organic solar cells have long been hailed as a potential alternative to the standard silicon cells that currently dominate the markets. Organic solar cells display unique advantages being amazingly thin, flexible, and uniquely environmentally friendly. Until now the commercialization of the technology has progressed slowly, but steady improvements in efficiency, lifetime, and production have ensured that full scale commercialization is within reach.

The Danish company infinityPV believes in the maturity of the technology. As a spokesperson puts it: “Organic solar cell technology has come a long way and now we are able to confidently produce solar cells with high efficiency and good lifetime in near endless quantities”. infinityPV is currently producing and selling organic solar cells to customers ranging from DIY enthusiasts to architects and other professionals.

One of the major obstacles in the commercialization of organic solar cells has been the high complexity of the process and the diverse sets of disciplines encountered during production: “Key to the efficient manufacture of printed solar cell technologies is coverage of the entire value chain from raw materials through machinery and testing to post processing and electronics. Until now the high complexity has not been collected in a one-stop-shop and the setting up of manufacturing capacity has best been described as a fragmented endeavor.”

A strategic partnership between the Danish companies infinityPV and GM (Grafisk Maskinfabrik) have been established consolidating competencies in all areas of organic solar cell manufacture in one place. “When we say everything, it is with a capital E. Everything is offered all the way from the design of the roll-to-roll platform and machinery, the processing, the materials, electronics, the post manufacture, the automated robotic integration, and most importantly the training and inauguration of the manufacturing line”.

The partnership between infinityPV and GM means that infinityPV will be able to offer complete pilot lines for organic solar cell production from material synthesis to production, quality control, and post handling. “We have faith that the organic solar cell revolution is within reach and hopefully we will help solve the energy needs of the future,” says infinityPV. “A partnership with GM ensures that we can deliver high quality production equipment at a competitive price that will guide the development of this unique technology and place Denmark in a leading role within this technology.”

Quelle: infinityPV

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