Konarka Forges Swedish Research Ties

Solar photovoltaic start-up company Konarka Technologies has acquired patent assets from the Sweden-based Chalmers University of Technology related to Konarka’s development of photovoltaic products for the global market. This adds to Konarka’s already substantial intellectual property estate.

Lowell, Massachusetts – April 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] “Our relationship with Chalmers University furthers our strength in Europe,” said Howard Berke, Chairman and CEO, Konarka Technologies, Inc. “As an international company, Konarka seeks the best technology and ideas from around the world as we continue to broaden our intellectual property portfolio focused on developing and manufacturing third-generation, flexible, plastic-based photovoltaics.” Konarka specializes in the development of polymer photovoltaic (PV) products that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Konarka’s PV nanotechnology is focused on delivering lightweight, flexible, scalable and manufacturable products. Chalmers University of Technology, located in Gýteborg, Sweden, carries on broad-based education and research within engineering science, natural science and architecture. “It is a win-win situation,” said Ingvar Andersson, Managing Director, Chalmers University of Technology. “The intellectual property comes into the hands of a company well suited to commercialize it. Andersson said the relationship allows Chalmers University of Technology to continue exploring new ideas while at the same time marking a new beginning of a longer research cooperation between Konarka Technologies and Chalmers University of Technology.” “It is very exciting that Konarka is interested in our research,” said Chalmers University of Technology Professor Mats Andersson. “A collaboration like this gives us further opportunities to commercialize our research.”
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