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Published on October 23rd, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solarmer Breaks Plastic Solar Cell Efficiency World Record, Again

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October 23rd, 2009 by Zachary Shahan 

Solarmer Energy broke the world record for plastic cell efficiency last year. Now, they’ve just broken it again.

The new efficiency record is 7.6% and it breaks 7% for the first time.

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The previous record set by Solarmer in 2008 was 6.77%. It was the first time efficiency had gotten above 5%. Now, within just a few years of opening, Solarmer has nearly doubled plastic solar cell efficiency.

The new efficiency record is considerably lower than the record for all solar cells, but these plastic solar cells have benefits in that they cost much less than traditional silicon ones and may be applicable in industries and devices that silicon cells cannot enter, especially some portable technological devices.

Dr. Gang Li, vice president of technology development at Solarmer, says: “Breaking the 7% efficiency barrier for organic photovoltaics is a huge accomplishment for Solarmer and the organic photovoltaic (OPV) industry.”

The new world record was independently certified by Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center’s Photovoltaic (TAC-PV) Lab. Dr. Ruben Zadoyan, director of technology and applications at the Center of Newport Corporation, says: “We are pleased that Newport’s recently launched certified PV lab is helping Solarmer in achieving outstanding results in efficiency. Our collaboration in material research and certified testing is a great example of how two very different companies can benefit by working together.”

The plastic solar cells are expected to be available next year. Solarmer Energy plans to “expand on this technology at the 2009 Solar Power International conference in Anaheim, California from the 27-29 October.”

This seems to be a great step in the solar industry and if Solarmer continues on in the same way, perhaps we will see another world record set in this field soon!

via pv-tech.org

Related Article:

1) New World Record in Solar Power Efficiency

2) Solar Energy Breakthrough: Goal of MIT Team

3) Top 10 Solar Technologies to Watch Out For

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  • The Trutherizer

    I think this is great. I love devices like solar powered calculators. They last for decades and they never need batteries. I would like to see a phone like or near to this. It does not need any of these fancy features that modern phones seem to absolutely need for some reason. Only Voice calls, SMS/chat rooms, GPS+maps and the ability to serve as an eReader – These are the features a phone needs. It should be sturdy and easy to repair. It can be big and flat. About the size of a typical wallet is choice I think. The outside should be completely taken up by a solar power plastic such as mentioned in the article and it should fold open like a book. There should be two ultra low power touch black and white displays inside. These can be used to type messages, read ebooks and news and use maps for navigation. That is all I need in a phone and although it likely will still need recharging from time to time I think it will be as eco-friendly as a phone can be right now. I really don’t need to play games/listen to music/ view videos/etc/etc/ect ad nauseum ad infinitum on a phone. I just want a device I don’t feel bad about in any way and that does the really handy things. If it comes with a handy dandy portable crank-dynamo recharger then I’ll probably start crying for joy. If you can play chess/word games/ect and fill in crosswords on it then that’s more than enough. Think the type of games you can play on paper. Maybe with a simple sketching utility. More meaningful utility in a phone I cannot seriously imagine. And I think there are millions of people who would agree with me.

  • The Trutherizer

    I think this is great. I love devices like solar powered calculators. They last for decades and they never need batteries. I would like to see a phone like or near to this. It does not need any of these fancy features that modern phones seem to absolutely need for some reason. Only Voice calls, SMS/chat rooms, GPS+maps and the ability to serve as an eReader – These are the features a phone needs. It should be sturdy and easy to repair. It can be big and flat. About the size of a typical wallet is choice I think. The outside should be completely taken up by a solar power plastic such as mentioned in the article and it should fold open like a book. There should be two ultra low power touch black and white displays inside. These can be used to type messages, read ebooks and news and use maps for navigation. That is all I need in a phone and although it likely will still need recharging from time to time I think it will be as eco-friendly as a phone can be right now. I really don’t need to play games/listen to music/ view videos/etc/etc/ect ad nauseum ad infinitum on a phone. I just want a device I don’t feel bad about in any way and that does the really handy things. If it comes with a handy dandy portable crank-dynamo recharger then I’ll probably start crying for joy. If you can play chess/word games/ect and fill in crosswords on it then that’s more than enough. Think the type of games you can play on paper. Maybe with a simple sketching utility. More meaningful utility in a phone I cannot seriously imagine. And I think there are millions of people who would agree with me.

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