has revealed in the Advanced Materials (Volume 19, Issue 22) journal
its use of inkjet printing technology to deposit organic materials used
in its thin-film PV solar cells. Konarka used FUJIFILM Dimatix
Technology’s cartridge-based Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP), the first
time such technology has been used to produce solar cells, according to
“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,” commented Rick Hess, President and CEO of Konarka. “This essential breakthrough in the field of printed solar cells positions Konarka as an emerging leader in printed photovoltaics.”
According to Konarka, the demonstration validates the use of printing techniques, which also lend themselves to being fabricated using a number of low-cost substrates.