Heliatek GmbH has inaugurated its first production facility for the manufacture of flexible organic PV (OPV) panels in Dresden, Germany.
Heliatek says it has invested 14 million euros in the construction of the first production line. The company's modules are based on organic semiconductor materials, and its manufacturing line employs a roll-to-roll process using vacuum deposition at low temperatures. Heliatek believes this process holds excellent potential for significantly reducing costs in mass production.
Whereas other organic manufacturers rely on printing processes, Heliatek is the only company that specializes in solar panel manufacture using vacuum deposition of small molecules (oligomers) on flexible film, the company claims.
Heliatek will roll out its organic solar film for ‘Energy-2-Go’ applications this fall, according to CEO Thibaud Le Seguillon.