Imec kicks off project to improve OPV technologies
Oct 31, 2011 - Belgium-based nanoelectronics research company Imec on Friday announced the start of a project whose ultimate aim is to advance organic photovoltaic (OPV) technologies towards entry into the thin-film PV market.
Imec partners with 16 European organisations, including universities, research institutes and companies on the initiative.
In particular, the European FP7 project X10D seeks to develop tandem organic solar cells of higher conversion efficiency, greater lifetime and lower production cost, so that they can become a viable alternative to silicon PV technologies, currently the dominant ones.
It targets power conversion efficiency of minimum 12% on cell level (one sq cm) and 9% on module level (100 sq cm). The project also aims to drive down costs to less than EUR 0.70 (USD 0.99) per watt-peak and ensure a lifetime for OPV modules of at least 20 years on glass and 10 years on foil.
Imec acts as a coordinator for the project, which is funded in part by the European Commission.