Development of flexible organic solar cells
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is an important part of the brazillian strategy in investing in alternative energy. Organic photovoltaics are intended to provide areas of Brazil marked by poor infrastructure with electricity. This includes not only light, but also the access to modern means of communication such as computers and smartphones. The Brazilian company Flexsolar in Joinville and the German Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) in Potsdam-Golm develop flexible organic solar cells in a joint project. Flexsolar is going to produce the needed amounts of solar photovoltaic elements in a continuous roll-to-roll printing process. The techniques and procedures required will be developed by the Fraunhofer IAP. In this context, the Potsdam Fraunhofer Institute is going to install a pilot plant in Brazil. The German researchers will also develop processes for the production of customized organic solar cells. Flex Solar will advance product development and marketing in South America.