Improving the performance and operating lifetime of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices is a key to its future commercialization and potential to offer significantly low cost per watt. To this end, thin-film OPV developer Solarmer Energy will collaborate with NREL to improve plastic solar cell performance, especially in the areas of encapsulation and packaging approaches.
The joint research covered by the cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) will see NREL use its combinatorial degradation system, which compares the performance of up to 360 OPV devices in parallel under simulated solar conditions to accelerate the test results.
The partners also seek to improve the cell design architecture for longer life.
“Through this collaboration we hope to improve plastic solar cell performance and extend the cells’ lifetime through the development of stable device architectures and packaging systems,” said NREL senior scientist Dana Olson, who is the principal investigator on the CRADA.
Solarmer’s VP of engineering, Gang Li, said he expected the project to be a success.