29 May '15, 8am

Riken Claims 10% Efficiency With Organic Thin-film Solar Cell (日経BP) Riken annou

Riken announced May 26, 2015, that it has achieved a conversion efficiency of 10% with an organic thin-film solar cell. It is a result of a joint research with Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI). The research was conducted as part of the JST Strategic Basic Research Programs of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Thin-film solar cells using organic semiconductors are formed by applying a semiconductor polymer to a thin plastic or metal substrate. Therefore, they are flexible and lightweight and can be bent. Furthermore, their manufacturing costs can be easily lowered, and they can be made in various sizes. On the other hand, crystalline silicon solar cells, which are widely used for mega (large-scale) solar power plants, etc, are made by attaching sliced crystalline silicon semiconduc...

Full article: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20150529/420...

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