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Organic photovoltaics

Polymer power

With efficiencies continually improving, polymer solar-cell technology is now leaving the lab and entering the marketplace. Many challenges remain, however, including the development of reliable manufacturing processes and improvement of the lifetimes of these low-cost, flexible cells.

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Figure 1: Prototypes developed at Solarmer energy, where polymer solar cells are integrated with consumer products.


Figure 2: Typical solar cells.
Figure 3: Translucent polymer solar cells of different colours and transparencies.


Figure 4: An artist's rendition of flexible polymer solar cells (PSCs) integrated into an awning.


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Shrotriya, V. Polymer power. Nature Photon 3, 447–449 (2009).

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