Winchester, UK - Plastic solar panel developer Solarmer Energy, Inc., claims to have broken the plastic solar cell world record for a second consecutive time by achieving a plastic solar cell efficiency of 7.6 percent.
The efficiency rating was certified by the Newport Corporation's Technology and Applications Center's Photovoltaic (TAC-PV) Lab.
Plastic solar panels are aiming to become the next generation of solar products and are seeking to transform the renewable energy industry, because of their ability to drive cost down to 12-15 cents/kWh and much less than $1/Watt.
Solarmer says that its plastic solar panels will be available next year.
"Breaking the seven percent efficiency barrier for organic photovoltaics is a huge accomplishment for Solarmer and the organic photovoltaic (OPV) industry." said Dr. Gang Li, Vice President of Technology Development. "We are thankful for the contributions of our two primary collaborators, Prof. Luping Yu at the University of Chicago and Prof. Yang Yang at UCLA. We believe that our world class team will ensure that we continue along the path to the commercial success of OPVs."
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