Konarka Becomes Exclusive Oak Ridge Partner

Taking another step toward commercialization, Konarka Technologies, announced it is collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to further technology development for Konarka’s photovoltaic (PV) products. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has selected Konarka as its exclusive partner for research and development of chemistry related to solar cells.

Lowell, Massachusetts – April 23, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Taking another step towards commercialization, Konarka Technologies, announced it is collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to further technology development for Konarka’s photovoltaic (PV) products. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has selected Konarka as its exclusive partner for research and development of chemistry related to solar cells. Konarka said their collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which performs work for the U.S. Department of Energy, will accelerate the development and commercialization of Konarka’s process technology, enabling the company to bring current research programs to market faster. “We are working with Oak Ridge to develop technologies that will improve our manufacturing processes and lower the cost of our third-generation, flexible photovoltaic materials,” said Dr. Russell Gaudiana, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Development, Konarka Technologies, Inc. “Research is critical to any company developing commercial products. Konarka continues to expand its collaboration with world-renowned research teams to maximize its research and development efforts.” Konarka’s polymer photovoltaic nanotechnology is focused on delivering lightweight, flexible, scalable and manufacturable products. The company has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses. Nobel Laureate Professor Alan Heeger (UC Santa Barbara) is a chief scientist for Konarka and Dr. Michael Grýtzel (Ecole Polytechnic Fýdýrale de Lausanne) is a senior scientific advisor. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. The laboratory conducts basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions for the United States.
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