Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University and Carbon Trust, an ecological group of UK, have announced the formation of a new company called Eight19 to focus on the introduction of a novel organic solar PV technology.
The new technology developed by the Cavendish Laboratory differs from that of the normally used solar conductor technology and uses organic photovoltaics (OPV) that works on a theory similar to that of photosynthesis in plants to produce power. The organic PV technology developed by the University is designed to make the fixing of solar cells cost effective and easy and will enable house owners to produce clean energy even from their wind panels. The solar cells required for the OPV can be produced more cost effectively than those used in the currently used PV technology. The newly produced cells can usher in a total change in the PV market by offering a competent and cost effective clean energy technology for use in developing countries that suffer from shortage or unreliable grid connectivity.
Dr. Robert Trezona, Carbon Trust’s Head of Research and Development, said that the new proposed solar panels will use flexible transparent materials in place of the currently used rigid ones. He added that the new flexible solar panels can be easily installed and used in various types of applications including that of fixing over the windows for power production. He concluded saying that the new technology will bring about a total revolution in the use of solar technology.