The traditional solar cell is being complimented by a new generation of low-cost organic photovoltaics (OPV) or flexible solar cells based on thin films that can turn a building’s entire exterior into a power generator. OPVs use conductive organic polymers or small organic molecules, printed or coated through high-volume processes on a variety of substrates. These include flexible plastics, fabrics, window glass and other exterior building elements. Applications also include automotive, point-of-sale and advertising, apparel, consumer electronics and off-grid. New high sensitivity OPVs can harvest internal light for low-power applications such as self-powered sensors and self-powered antennas. CPEIA Members are developing functional products that can drive significant societal benefits by harvesting renewable energy.
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