Phillips 66 Announces ‘Breakthrough’ For Organic Solar Cells

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 07, 2016 1 Comment
Categories : Products & Technology

Phillips 66, a Houston-based diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, says it has set a new world record in power conversion efficiency for polymer-based single-junction organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. The 11.84% efficiency was certified by Newport Corp., a recognized center for independent verification of solar cell results, under standard testing conditions.

The flexible solar cells are based on proprietary polymers and interfacial layers developed by Phillips 66. The company says the technology can be printed using low-cost roll-to-roll manufacturing processes, and the organic solar cells do not contain hazardous components, such as lead or cadmium, unlike some other types of thin-film technologies.

“This breakthrough in efficiency brings us closer to the possibility of commercializing this promising form of solar technology,” says Merl Lindstrom, vice president of technology at Phillips 66. “Continuing to increase the ability of OPV cells to convert power with high efficiency will one day make this energy source more affordable for the consumer.”

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  1. It is always great to see new records being set in the PV realm, but to be honest, I am a little under-whelmed by this one. I do believe that tthe next big jump in PV and the real future of PV, lies in one of the technologies that is still in its’ infancy. Although silicon is the standard “at tthe moment” one of the technologies on the perifery is going to make some invention breakthrough that will lead to revolutionalizing the industry in the near future. Although an Architect by trade and not an expert in electrical engineering, I think that what I am seeing on the silicon side is just improvements in manufacturing and coatings. I am actually amazed that they are still climbing, since I would have assumed that they would have topped out by now. But the programs in Organics, Thin-films, etc., have been around for awhile and except for the Perovskites, I am not seeing anything new and most of them have production problems of some sort. I am seeing investors throwing millions of money into research that is not getting us there. I am not complaining or eing pessimistic, but I am just not seeing real progress. Tracking, back side cooling, bi-facial, etc., options seem to be making far bigger jumps in efficiency and energy production than some of these perifery technologies. Don’t get me wrong, I do not believe that silicon is the answer. I believe that silicon will top out within 2 years with its bifacial options and more bus wires. So my real question is: which of these perfery technologies is going to take the lead? And when?

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