New polymers push Solarmer’s OPV efficiency to record 8.13%


Organic photovoltaics (OPV) developer Solarmer Energy has once again reported record cell efficiencies, certified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at 8.13%. In December 2009, Solarmer reported a plastic OPV champion cell of 7.9%. The company noted that going beyond 8% cell efficiencies had been a psychological barrier for the OPV industry. The new record was achieved with new polymers developed that generated higher conversion rates.

Woolas Hsieh, president of Solarmer Energy said, “This confirms OPV technology is on the right course to become a cost-effective and competitive technology. We are very proud to be the first company to surpass this 8% barrier. We would like to expand our partnership with other companies, who have expertise in production technology, packaging, and other areas, to bring OPVs to the market. Our next target is to reach 10% efficiency by the end of 2011.”

PV-Tech reported last year that the company was targeting 10% efficiencies by the end of 2010 with its first full-scale manufacturing line operational in early 2011.

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