Konarka Licensed for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Konarka Technologies, Inc. (KTI), a developer of flexible, polymer and nanoparticle-based photovoltaic (PV) technology, has been granted licensee rights to dye-sensitized solar cell technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).

Lowell, Massachusetts – August 14, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] As a result, Konarka will be able to leverage its own intellectual property in conjunction with the EPFL license to expedite the commercialization of its PV technology. The dye-sensitized technology, which was developed by the scientist Michael Graetzel, enables PV to conduct energy across a broad spectrum of light, indoors and outdoors. Konarka is able to considerably enhance this technology, based on the company’s own inventions and its exclusive, worldwide licensing rights to proprietary processes from the University of Massachusetts. These processes will enable production at lower temperatures, which serves as the foundation for extremely low manufacturing costs, according to the company. “The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne is very pleased to welcome Konarka Technologies, Inc. as its first US licensee for EPFL’s photovoltaic dye solar cell technology,” said Professor Jean-Jacques Paltenghi, director of industrial relations, EPFL. “Considering the high professional commitment of Konarka’s team, we are confident that this partnership will push this promising technology from the research laboratories to the market. We wish them success.” The KTI-produced modules will be more versatile and lightweight than traditional PV modules that typically rely on glass to protect rigid crystalline solar cells. “Receiving IP license rights from the EPFL, as the first licensee in the Americas, is an essential business development milestone and a validation of the rapid progress Konarka has made in the development of high volume manufacturing methods for the dye sensitized process,” said Konarka President and CEO, Bill Beckenbaugh. “Michael Graetzel has created a revolutionary technology of unique value. At Konarka, we are making significant strides toward transforming this technology into PV products and systems, with the potential to fundamentally change the economics of the way energy is produced by converting light into electricity.”
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