20 Apr '11, 3pm

Organic PV Not Ready for Primetime | Renewable Energy News Article

Organic PV Not Ready for Primetime | Renewable Energy News Article

By comparison, the U.S. PV industry (manufacturing, sales and installation) was worth about $6 billion in 2010, according to GTM Research and SEIA OPV can be produced quickly and cheaply on roll-to-roll manufacturing lines. However, as the Lux report points out , cell degradation issues and low efficiencies mean that OPV is not a viable alternative to conventional silicon PV and leading thin films – and won't be in the next decade. Companies producing OPV devices have recognized this, and are mostly focusing on charging applications (solar cells on backpacks) and remote power applications, rather than trying to make the jump to grid-based electricity production. “While part of OPV’s appeal is the hope of low costs, we found it won’t beat crystalline silicon or inorganic thin film on cost per watt,” said Alex Carter, a Lux Research Associate and the report’s lead author. “A...

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