Helping flexible solar panels last longer
There has been collaboration between the researchers at the Holst centre and the Dupont Teijin films lab. They have coordinated to produce high performing yet cost effective roll-to-roll barrier solutions that are targeted towards the market for flexible photovoltaic cells (PVC). This solution that is ready for the factory to be produced has been due to the combined efforts of both of these labs. Some of the benefits of the solution is that it could help in extending the lifetime and yield of organic, perovskite and CIGS PV cells which in the long run might mean that we could have the opportunity to have cheaper, environmentally-friendly solar energy generation that could fit a variety of situations. This is energy that helps the environment and at the same time withstands the vagaries of the environment. With flexible PV cells, there is hope that clean energy could be embedded into construction materials, vehicles, and into several kinds of objects that we use in our daily lives. Also, the solution could cut the cost of manufacturing these cells in high performing roll-to-roll processes. But the author states that due to the fact that the cells are susceptible to moisture and atmospheric oxygen could damage them, therefore, they require a barrier that is impermeable to serve as a sort of protection for the films.
- Some researchers that were collaborating at the Holst Centre and the Dupont Teijin Films have brought out a photovoltaic cell solution with high performance and that is cost effective.
- The solution that was proffered by both labs is combination of their years of efforts in producing energy from solar panels.
- It is believed that with this solution, cheaper energy that would help the environment would be provided and that this would be extended to more situations.
“The solution has been optimized over the last two and half years to bring the performance of the substrate foil and the barrier layer to a production-ready level.”