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Solarmer touts 7.6% efficient plastic solar cell

Solarmer Energy says it has set a new record for plastic solar cell efficiency (7.6%), certified by Newport Corp.’s Technology and Applications Center’s PV lab.

October 29. 2009 – Solarmer Energy says it has set a new record for plastic solar cell efficiency (7.6%), certified by Newport Corp.’s Technology and Applications Center’s PV lab.

Flexible, transparent plastic solar panels offer better low-light performance and can be customized in shape and size, and could ultimately drive down costs to $0.12-$0.15/kWh and well below the $1/W benchmark, according to the company, a 2006 spinoff from UCLA.

“Breaking the 7% efficiency barrier for organic photovoltaics is a huge accomplishment for Solarmer and the organic photovoltaic industry,” said Gang Li, VP of technology development, in a statement. “Our collaboration in material research and certified testing is a great example of how two very different companies can benefit by working together,” added Ruben Zadoyan, director of Newport’s Technology and Applications Center.

Initial applications for this technology are expected to be portable digital electronic devices such as cell phones and PDAs, and smart fabrics such as tents and solar bags.