Konarka, a solar company that makes a flexible, organic solar technology called Power Plastic has scored a new record by achieving an 8.3 efficiency rate. The rate was certified by NREL and pushes organic thin-film technology to another level.
This new efficiency rate still puts organic solar technology at half the efficiency of crystalline silicon PV panels, but organic solar cells have the added benefit of being cheaper to produce and flexible solar film is portable and easy to install anywhere.
The Power Plastic may ring a bell because it's the material used in the solar bus stops in San Francisco. The city plans to install 300 solar bus stops, producing a total of 43,000 kWh per year.
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written by smith solar power, December 30, 2010
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