Organic Photovoltaics achieve 8.3% efficiency

National Energy Renewable Laboratory (NERL) has announced Konarka Technologies' organic-based photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells have demonstrated the highest performance for an organic photovoltaic cell at a record-breaking efficiency of 8.3%. This unprecedented certification is up from previously produced cells at 6% just two short years ago.

Using a roll-to-roll manufacturing process, Konarka, headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, produces flexible solar cells -- Konarka Power Plastic -- which is a thin film of plastic that converts light to energy. They're more affordable than other solar cell technologies because of the material, though continue to seek a viable market.  A co-founder of Konarka says the unsurpassed NREL certification opens new doors for large scale applications.

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