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World's 'first' OPV module developed

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:organic photovoltaic module? module OPV? materials organic?

Mitsubishi Cooperation (MC), the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Tokki Corp. have developed a new, highly-integrated organic photovoltaics (OPV) module, which is probably the world's first OPV module.

The three organizations have been working together on creating the modules since March 20, 2008. OPVs are third-generation PV that use organic materials to make light, thin and colorful film PV modules. They are suitable for applications that have proven difficult for the silicon type of PV modules currently in use. They are also now possibly more effective with the highly-integrated technology in the new modules.

The OPV modules use laser-scribing technology on a glass substrate. Organic semiconductor materials are deposited on the substrate and then divided into several cells with the laser. The technology eliminates the need for deposition mask patterning, which is used in conventional methods. The new module is highly integrated and should improve sunlight conversion efficiency.

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