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  • Oxford PV

    Oxford PV appoints CTO to push commercialisation of Perovskite thin-film solar cells

    09 April 2014, 17:17

    Perovskite thin-film solar cells could be closer to commercialisation than expected after Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) made a critical appointment of a veteran leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing technologist as its Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Chris Case.

  • Heliatek transparent solar cell

    Heliatek touts organic solar cell with 7.2% efficiency with 40% light transparency

    25 March 2014, 13:02

    Organic thin-film producer, Heliatek, has claimed a lab-based OPV solar cell has achieved a conversion efficiency of 7.2% with 40% light transparency to meet the needs of glass manufacturers for both building integrated PV (BIPV) and automotive roof markets.

  • Eight19

    VDMA establishes working group for organic PV research

    12 March 2014, 12:12

    A new working group has been formed in Germany to support organic PV (OPV) firms and research institutes developing the thin-film technology.

  • Imec’s novel fullerene-free OPV cell concept was used to process an OPV module (156cm2) with a conversion efficiency of 5.3%. Image: imec

    Imec claims a fullerene-free OPV cell record conversion efficiency

    11 March 2014, 19:38

    Having dropped organic solar cells (OPV) that used fullerenes as the acceptor materials, imec has reported in ‘Nature Communications’ that it has produced a fullerene-free OPV cell with a record conversion efficiency of 8.4% and a 156cm2 module with a conversion efficiency of 5.3%.

  • Esatto technology .

    Applied’s Baccini tool upgrades enable China’s CECEP to reach 18.3% cell efficiencies

    15 January 2014, 18:22

    Chinese state-owned PV manufacturer, CECEP Solar Energy Technology has used upgrades for Applied Materials ‘Baccini Esatto’ screen printers to produce average multicrystalline solar cell conversion efficiencies of 18.32%.

  • According to the company, proceeds from the credit facility have been strictly limited to financing LDK Solar's onshore operations within Jiangxi Province, preventing the funds being used to service any of its existing indebtedness.

    Chinese bank syndicate provides US$256 million lifeline to LDK Solar

    21 November 2013, 22:32

    A syndicate of 11 commercial banks in China have provided technically bankrupt, LDK Solar with a RMB 1.56 billion (US$256 million) credit facility.

  • Vitriflex’s barrier film could be used in new categories of flexible solar modules, next generation OLED and LCD displays, and solid state lighting

    Kuraray invests in barrier films start-up to ramp glass encapsulant replacement

    29 October 2013, 04:53

    Japan-based specialty chemical company, Kuraray Co has invested in US-based start-up Vitriflex Inc to support the manufacturing ramp of its flexible ultra-barrier film that can be used to replace glass as an encapsulant in electronic devices, including solar PV products for consumer applications. Financial details were not disclosed.

  • Tasnee plans US$14.9 million investment to take shareholding above 20%.

    Saudi-based petro-chemical company plans major stake in Dyesol

    16 September 2013, 10:22

    Tasnee, a major Saudi Arabian petro-chemical company, is to make its second investment in DSC thin-film firm, Dyesol.

  • Dyesol's investor relations team was headed by CEO & Executive Chairman, Richard Caldwell.

    Dyesol appoints new investor relations director

    09 September 2013, 13:54

    Australian-based dye solar cell developer, Dyesol, has appointed a new director responsible for international relationships with industry, analysts and investors.

  • A key initial focus of collaboration was said to be on developing a material barrier and encapsulation technologies for flexible organic electronics (OE), organic light emitting diode (OLED) and organic photovoltaics (OPV) markets.

    Meyer Burger division targets organic electronics market

    09 August 2013, 12:27

    Meyer Burger Group member Roth & Rau B.V. has formed a strategic alliance with materials science firm, Rolic Technologies to develop product offerings for the organic electronics, display, and security markets, which Rolic Technologies already serves.

  • Employing its liquid-based dye solar cell (DSC) substrate, Dyesol claimed it had surpassed the standard IEC 61646 design qualification for PV modules, without disclosing the approved testing house.

    Dyesol claims 90% initial performance retention after extended IEC 61646 test

    28 May 2013, 16:29

    Employing its liquid-based dye solar cell (DSC) substrate, Dyesol claimed it had surpassed the standard IEC 61646 design qualification for PV modules, without disclosing the approved testing house.

  • According to the company, the breakthrough was made by shifting from liquid-based to solid-state deposition systems.

    Dyesol claims lab developed dye solar cell efficiency of 11.3%

    09 May 2013, 16:39

    Dye solar cell (DSC) developer Dyesol has claimed a breakthrough in solid-state DSC efficiency of 11.3%. Typically best-in class efficiencies for such cells have been in the 5% range.

  • An aqueous-based silver nano-particle ink technology developed in the last 10-years by chemicals giant Beyer has been acquired by high-tech chemicals specialist Clariant International.

    Bayer sells silver nanoparticle technology to Clariant

    02 April 2013, 10:29

    An aqueous-based silver nanoparticle ink technology developed in the last 10 years by chemicals giant Beyer has been acquired by high-tech chemicals specialist Clariant International.

  • According to the company the record setting organic solar cell was fabricated using a 1.1 cm² cell size that combined two patented absorber materials, converting at two different wavelengths.

    Verified: Heliatek organic solar cell achieves record 12% efficiency

    16 January 2013, 11:21

    Heliatek has achieved a record 12% conversion efficiency in its organic PV (OPV) cells using a vacuum-deposition process.

  • UK-based dye sensitised solar cell (DSSC) flexible thin-film manufacturer, G24 Innovations has sought protection under administration, according to reports.

    Solar Shakeout: Thin-film start-up G24 Innovations enters administration

    14 December 2012, 15:51

    UK-based dye sensitised solar cell (DSSC) flexible thin-film manufacturer G24 Innovations has sought protection under administration, according to reports.

  • ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has joined the Solliance (ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich) R&D alliance that is focused on organic photovoltaics (OPV) thin film technologies.

    Solliance OPV R&D alliance gets ThyssenKrupp to join for BIPV applications

    29 November 2012, 13:27

    ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has joined the Solliance (ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich) R&D alliance that is focused on organic photovoltaics (OPV) thin film technologies.

  • Solargate IAA 2011, built in collaboration with Beletric's project partner Solartension. Image: Belectric

    Belectric acquires Konarka Technologies

    22 October 2012, 22:20

    Belectric advised that the deal to acquire Konarka Technologies has been completed, with an agreement reached between the two companies. Konarka Technologies applied for insolvency earlier this year and began negotiations with several investors.  Alexander Kubusch, preliminary insolvency administrator from Curator, commented, “…our talks have now reached a successful conclusion. Of the many interested parties, we ultimately opted for Belectric Holding, because this company not only offered an ideal solution to the issue of business operations but also went a long way toward upholding the interests of creditors.”

  • EU PVSEC 2012: Imec and Solvay present 5.5% efficiency organic PV module

    24 September 2012, 15:43

    Imec and chemicals company Solvay are once again presenting the development of a new organic PV module. The companies have announced that the world-record certified 5.5% efficiency was achieved using an inverted bulk heterojunction architecture developed by imec, in close collaboration with Solvay and a proprietary ActivInk semiconductor from Polyera.

  • Armor enters OPV manufacturing market with €14 million investment

    19 September 2012, 16:20

    Armor Group, a French supplier of coated films for the thermal transfer printing industry, is stepping into the OPV solar cell manufacturing realm by investing €14 million (US$18 million) in a pilot OPV production line in La Chevrolière in western France, Les Echos revealed.

  • Heliatek trials solar film technology production

    24 August 2012, 10:31

    Heliatek has started a pilot production programme for its new solar film technology. Production is being carried out at its facility in Dresden, Germany, which was inaugurated in March 2011. Heliatek is a specialist in the manufacture of energy harvesting components made from flexible solar films based on organic semiconductor materials.

  • Dyesol’s DSC technology excels in performance testing

    14 August 2012, 23:10

    Dyesol announced that its biomimetic Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DCS) has been doing exceedingly well in external performance testing, leading the company to begin plans for the next phase of the technology’s commercial development.

  • Konarka Technologies GmbH files for bankruptcy

    03 July 2012, 17:13

    Following yesterday’s report that US-based Konarka Technologies is undergoing liquidation proceedings pursuant to Chapter 7 of the US Bankruptcy Code, it has now been announced that the thin-film company’s subsidiary in Germany has also filed for bankruptcy. Attorney Alexander Kubusch of national German insolvency administration firm CURATOR AG has been appointed as the preliminary insolvency administrator.

  • Solar Shakeout: Konarka Technologies files for bankruptcy

    02 June 2012, 16:58 | 1

    Failure to secure further funding has forced flexible thin-film manufacturer, Konarka Technologies into bankruptcy. The Chapter 7 bankruptcy via a Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court means full liquidation and asset sale to pay creditors. Since its initial venture capital funding in 2001, the company had raised around US$190 million to develop and market its roll-to-roll OPV (organic photovoltaic) technology.

  • Heliatek’s organic tandem solar cell verified at 10.7% record conversion efficiency

    27 April 2012, 11:15

    Dresden, Germany-based OPV thin-film developer Heliatek has achieved a new organic tandem solar cell world record with 10.7% cell efficiency on a 1.1cm2 substrate. SGS undertook the testing and validated the figures. SGS also confirmed the OPV cell’s merits in low light and high temperature operation.

  • NanoMarkets announces two additional reports on OPV and encapsulation systems

    24 April 2012, 11:03

    NanoMarkets has announced that it will publish two new reports in May, following its recent DSC and BIPV glass markets reports. The market research firm will publish “Opportunities in the Organic Photovoltaics Market 2012” and “BIPV Encapsulation Markets 2012” next month, which will conclude with eight-year forecasts of the both subjects, the OPV and BIPV encapsulation markets.

  • Dyesol announces leadership change, raises AUD$5 million through Share Purchase Plan

    30 March 2012, 19:06

    Dyesol has announced that, effective immediately, Gavin Tulloch will no longer serve in the consultant role of director of technology, a position he has been responsible for since October 2010. Details surrounding the end of the engagement were not disclosed, however, Dyesol did note that Tulloch will remain a non-executive director of the company.

  • Dyesol announces large DCS solar panel prototype assembly

    22 March 2012, 18:35

    Dyesol has announced that it has constructed Dye Sensitized Solar (DCS) solar panel prototypes. The panels exceed the size of 120cm x 60cm, which makes them the largest single-circuit series connected DCS panel up to date, to be used in BIPV applications.

  • Heliatek starts €14 million roll-to-roll OPV production plant

    13 March 2012, 16:24

    The first roll-to-roll flexible OPV thin film plant using vacuum deposition of oligomers has been officially opened by Heliatek. The €14 million facility in Dresden, Germany has 1 pilot/production line initially with the expectation to launch commercial product offerings in around the third quarter of 2012. The first key market Heliatek is addressing is BIPV and has plans to raise a further €50 million for a full-scale production line. An opening ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich.

  • Printed electronics segment has potential to hit US$9.4 billion in 2012, says IDTechEx

    07 March 2012, 13:55

    According to a report released by research and consultancy group IDTechEx, the market for printed electronics has the potential to reach around US$9.4 billion by the end of the year. This figure includes devices that are not currently printed but which are moving towards being printed, of which 30% of the devices under inclusion are made predominately by printing, and 6% are manufactured on a non-rigid substrate.

  • Tandem solar cell sets new efficiency record for polymer devices

    02 March 2012, 15:51

    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have achieved a new record of 10.6% for the power-conversion efficiency of an organic polymer solar cell. Certified by the United States’ National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the record was achieved using a tandem device to harvest a wider range of the solar spectrum.

  • Trade group SEMI buys Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition

    28 February 2012, 12:40

    The Plastics Electronics Conference, co-located with SEMICON Europa since 2010, has been acquired by trade group, SEMI. The conference the committee has organized includes industry and academic leaders in the field of organic and inorganic large area electronics (OLAE will serve as a plastic electronics special interest group, guiding SEMI activities and services worldwide). SEMI said the conference and exhibition format would be extended to other regions in the future.

  • €14 million SUNFLOWER initiative to boost OPV in Europe

    24 February 2012, 16:38

    An EU-funded project has been launched to encourage the development of new organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. With a budget of €14.2 million, the four-year initiative is to be led by the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM).

  • Eight19 now operating pay-as-you-go off-grid PV system in four countries

    21 February 2012, 18:21

    Through collaboration with international charitable organization WorldVenture, South Sudan is now the fourth country in which Eight19’s pay-as-you-go off-grid PV system is in operation. The plan is to deploy 1,000 units in the first half of 2012 in South Sudan and a total of 3,000 units of its small flexible OPV modules in Kenya, Zambia and Malawi.

  • Largest-ever OPV module created at NREL’s labs

    21 February 2012, 17:13 | 2

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has, in collaboration with New Energy Technologies, produced its largest-area OPV module ever at 170cm2. The companies’ engineers have worked together on developing New Energy’s SolarWindow technology that allows the generation of electricity on see-through glass windows.

  • Heliatek and Reckli announce new concrete BIPV technology

    20 February 2012, 15:17 | 1

    Heliatek’s OPV panels will be used in Reckli’s concrete walls to create a new solution in BIPV without compromising on aesthetics. Heliatek claims the flexibility of its panels allows them to be fully integrated into the concrete walls whilst maintaining efficiency.

  • Konarka passes accelerated lifetime testing protocol via TÜV Rheinland

    14 February 2012, 12:52 | 1

    Organic PV thin films may hold a significant promise of low cost electricity generation but longevity has been a key weakness of the technology. However, Konarka Technologies has become the first OPV manufacturer to become certified in compliance with IEC 61646, an accelerated lifetime testing protocol by TÜV Rheinland.

  • Polyera claims 9.1% power conversion efficiency on its OPV cell

    01 February 2012, 20:46

    According to Polyera, the Newport Corporation’s PV cell lab has confirmed that Polyera’s polymer/fullerene OPV cell has achieved a 9.1% power conversion efficiency with an inverted bulk heterojunction architecture using ActivInk PV 2000 semiconductor material. The company said its active layer materials are able to be deposited using a wider range of film thickness without lower cell efficiency, which is said to improve yields and simplify manufacturing.

  • Cambrios Technologies gains new CEO and US$5 million investment from Samsung

    31 January 2012, 16:37

    Nanotechnology-based thin-film materials specialist, Cambrios Technologies has received a US$5 million, Series D-3 financing round from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation as part of a prelude to further business collaborations on coating materials, which could include transparent electrodes for touch screens, liquid crystal displays, e-paper, OLED devices, OLED lighting and thin film photovoltaics.

  • Organic thin film start-up, Eight19 prepping for volume production

    20 January 2012, 15:36 | 1

    UK-based organic thin film start-up, Eight19 has installed roll-to-roll printing equipment at its Cambridge, UK headquarters as a preliminary move towards volume production, as reported by PV-Tech’s sister-site, Solar Power Portal UK. Thought to be the largest of its kind in Europe, the bespoke facility includes a multi-station roll-to-roll fabrication machine which is designed to manufacture solar substrates. Eight19 expects to have the first of its commercial printed plastic solar modules available in 2013.

  • Lux Research names top companies in printed, flexible, organic electronics

    11 January 2012, 21:18 | 1

    Lux Research’s latest report, Finding the Winning and Losing Companies in Printed, Flexible, and Organic Electronics, has rated technology developers in displays, OPVs, smart packaging, transparent conductive films and thin-film batteries to compile its list of some of the top companies in each category. Using its Lux Innovation Grid to reach each technology developer, Lux Research looked at the company’s technical value, business execution and maturity.

  • Tanaka Precious Metals to supply ruthenium dye compound with highest conversion efficiencies

    03 January 2012, 13:45

    Japan-based Tanaka Precious Metals has taken-out licenses from the National Central University, Taiwan to manufacture and supply ruthenium-based dye compounds for next generation dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC).  The ruthenium complex dye was developed by Professor Chun-Guey Wu and post-doctoral researcher, Chia-Yuan Chen, with reported conversion efficiencies of 11.4%, reported in the scientific journal, ACS nano in 2009, operating in the visible light wavelength range of approximately 400 to 750 nanometers.

  • Dyesol claims DSC strip cell lab efficiencies reach 8%

    19 December 2011, 13:07

    Dye-sensitized solar thin-film specialist, Dyesol has claimed a 15% increase in the efficiency performance of large DSC strip cells has been achieved, bringing industrial DSC efficiency up from 6.9% to 8% in 2011. The increase in efficiency results were said to come from improvements in materials and structural design elements.

  • Imec and partners demonstrate inverted designed organic solar cell with 8.3% efficiency

    15 December 2011, 15:45

    A new world-record efficiency of 8.3% has been claimed for a polymer-based single junction organic solar cell in an inverted device stack. Research house, imec and industrial partners Polyera and Solvay developed the proprietary inverted bulk heterojunction architecture, which resulted in achieving much higher efficiencies that other organic thin film cells have to date. Work is ongoing to increase the cell size and lifetime, a key challenge for organic-based cells.

  • Fraunhofer ISE certifies record 9.8% efficiency for Heliatek organic PV test cell

    05 December 2011, 20:00

    Fraunhofer ISE CalLab has certified a 9.8% cell efficiency for Heliatek’s 1.1cm² tandem organic solar cell, which was created with a low temperature deposition process. The company’s in-house measurements have demonstrated that scaling up its record-breaking cells to a panel with a size factor >120 produces efficiency over 9% for the active module area. Heliatek notes that its new record is the third in a row that it has set for efficiency in OPV.

  • Imec launches project X10D for development of OPV cells with increased efficiency at lower costs

    28 October 2011, 22:04

    Working with its 16 project partners Imec has launched the European FP7 project X10D. The collaboration will see the companies working towards the development of tandem organic solar cells that boast increased conversion efficiency, a longer lifetime and a smaller production cost. Imec advised that the overarching goal of the project is to bring OPV technologies into the competitive thin-film PV market.

  • nTact and imec’s Holst Centre partner on flexible roll-to-roll technologies

    21 September 2011, 15:49

    Roll-to-roll PV manufacturing will receive a boost with the news that imec’s Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative, has teamed up with nTact for developments in the field of flexible electronics. nTact is the trade name for FAS Holdings Group, a US manufacturer of high-precision deposition systems for the microelectronics and energy industries.

  • Konarka joins forces with ThyssenKrupp Steel on BIPV products

    12 September 2011, 16:18

    Organic PV company Konarka Technologies is working alongside the colour and construction unit of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe to develop a number of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions using its Power Plastic.

  • EU PVSEC: Konarka launches OPV cells for BIPV applications

    07 September 2011, 16:29

    One announcement that has been creating quite a buzz at this year’s EU PVSEC exhibition and conference is Konarka’s news that it is venturing down the BIPV route with its organic solar cells. Outlining the company’s strategy during a press conference at the show, company CEO, director and cofounder Howard Berke stated that it was a natural move for the company, whose 1cm2 single-junction OPV cells have been verified by NREL as having 8.29% efficiency.

  • EU PVSEC: imec displays new organic PV cell

    05 September 2011, 16:30

    Belgian research centre imec has announced the development of its new organic PV cell. Developed in conjunction with Pennsylvanian technology company Plextronics and Belgian chemical company Solvay, the polymer-based single junction cell achieves an efficiency of up to 6.9%. A module using the same polymer achieved an efficiency of 5% across an area of 25cm2.

  • Dyesol ships, installs equipment for DyeTec Solar program at Ohio facility

    11 August 2011, 20:35 | 1

    Dyesol advised that it had completed the delivery and installation of equipment for DyeTec Solar’s dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC)-based BIPV program, which is funded by the Ohio Third Frontier Fund. The equipment was delivered to DyeTec’s Toledo, Ohio facility with Dyesol noting that it had relocated staff with a DSC background to the site. Management and technical personnel moved to Ohio in May and completed the first phase of the program, which has allowed Dye Tec to commence building prototype panels.

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