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Konarka and construction materials partners fab organic BIPV products

Konarka Technologies is manufacturing organic solar cells for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) applications, partnering with cable manufacturer Lapp Kabel, Bayer Sheet Europe and others, as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology.

August 29, 2011 — Konarka Technologies is manufacturing organic solar cells for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) applications, partnering with Lapp Kabel GmbH, Bayer Sheet Europe, Bischoff Glastechnik, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES), among others.

The modules are available for integration with glass and other materials in semi-transparency, any color or color mixtures, and tolerate unfavourable irradiation angles and shadows. The dye-based solar cells generate electricity from an electrochemical reaction and are flexible and lightweight. The product is touted as “green and completely recyclable” by Alexander Valenzuela, Konarka VP of business development, Europe. The organic solar cells are fabricated at low temperatures on roll-to-roll (R2R) process.

For these modules, Lapp developed the EPIC SOLAR MAP connection box, which is attached to the organic modules from Konarka in a fully automated manner. Lapp will develop the entire connection technology for the modules. The other partners will integrate the organic cells into their construction materials. Fraunhofer IWES will certify and test these construction products. The first pilot projects will begin shortly.  

The companies will hold a press conference on the technology at European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), September 7, from 11:15 to 12:30, Messeplatz 1, Central Entrance, Second Floor, Prague Room.

Lapp Group will be presenting a solar sail with organic cells from Konarka Technologies at EU PVSEC, Stand Number B24 in Hall B7.

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Konarka Technologies produces organic solar cells based on a photo-reactive polymer that Konarka co-founder and Nobel-prize winner Dr. Alan Heeger developed. More information at www.konarka.com.

The Lapp Group supplies integrated wire, cabling, and connector products and solutions. Learn more at http://www.lappgroup.com/.

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