Photovoltaic/Organic

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Organic Solar Cells Might Make PV Cheaper and More Efficient (02-01,BD70-14)


Crystalline photovoltaics (PV) use relatively expensive vacuum deposition to place semiconductor material on silicon substrates. Conceptually, organic PV utilizes an organic molecule such asa disc shaped Phthalocyanine molecule which can be placed as a film about 100 nanometers thick on a plastic substrate with an electrical coating. Researchers at the University of Arizona think that such a device could have a variety of structures which could provide application variability. Not yet in a development mode, the intentions are to be able to have competitive products in about 10 years.


Power Engineering
November 2001, p.30

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