Konarka-Power-Plastic-achieves-8.3%-efficiency-certification-from-NREL

Konarka Technologies Inc. announced that the National Energy Renewable Laboratory (NREL) has certified that Konarka’s organic-based photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells have demonstrated a record-breaking 8.3% efficiency.

(November 29, 2010) — Konarka Technologies Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of material that converts light to energy, announced that the National Energy Renewable Laboratory (NREL) has certified that Konarka’s organic-based photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells have demonstrated a record-breaking 8.3% efficiency. This is the highest performance recorded by NREL for an organic photovoltaic solar cell.

Konarka Power Plastic is a patent-protected thin film solar material that converts light to energy. The unique material is lightweight and flexible, lending itself to a wide range of applications where traditional photovoltaics are not effective.

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The latest certification results are for Konarka’s large area single-junction solar cell with a surface area of 1cm2. This efficiency rating far exceeds previous single-junction organic photovoltaic cell measurement on that surface area and represents the world record for OPV efficiency.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. More about NREL’s photovoltaic research can be found at http://www.nrel.gov/.

Konarka Technologies develops and manufactures solar plastic films that convert light to energy, using polymer-based, organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology. For additional information, visit http://www.konarka.com.

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