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CDT receives grant form U.S. DTI to develop solar cells, light detectors

Posted: 30 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:plastic solar cells? solar cells? light detectors? plastic semiconductor technology? light emitting polymer displays?

Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) has received a grant from the U.K. Government's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the R&D of plastic solar cells. The grant will be used for the development of commercially viable solar cells and light detectors based on CDT's proprietary plastic semiconductor technology.

According to CDT, polymer solar cells have similar device architectures to its LEP displays. Whereas LEP displays emit light when an electrical charge is applied, CDT researchers have been able to reverse the process and generate electricity when light shines on a polymer-based cell. CDT aims to develop inexpensive, flexible plastic solar cells that could be manufactured using low-cost roll-to-roll production. Currently, most solar panels are silicon-based, which makes them expensive to manufacture and limits their scalability to large area panels.

Plastic solar cell applications could range from rechargeable handheld electronic devices, wearable electronics technology, and large outdoor displays to secondary power sources for homes and factories. CDT has recently demonstrated polymer-based solar cells that power digital clocks.

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