An EU-funded project has been launched to encourage the development of new organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells.
The SUstainable Novel FLexible Organic Watts Efficiently Reliable (SUNFLOWER) program aims to develop a new generation of cheap, efficient and long lasting printed-plastic 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).
Through the use of tandem cells and dedicated light management systems, the project partners hope to increase the efficiency of existing OPV cells, whilst reducing the cost of the flexible solar cells with roll-to-roll atmospheric printing processes.
Amongst SUNFLOWER’s other 16 consortium members are industrial organisations such as BASF, AFGA and DuPont Teijin Films, as well as academic and research institutions like Glasgow and Linköping universities.
“We have the chance to develop a technology that is ideally suited to manufacturing in the EU due to its high level of automation, need for highly trained personnel, low energy consumption, and close proximity to suppliers and markets”, commented Dr Giovanni Nisato, the project coordinator.