crystalsol GmbH and Cambrios Technologies have announced that crystalsol has successfully developed fully printed flexible solar cells using silver nanowires from Cambrios. Solar cells from the pilot production line at crystalsol are shipping into low volume consumer products. crystalsol expects large volume product shipment into building integrated photovoltaics market to begin in the near future.
“Our proprietary printed solar cell technology successfully achieves highly efficient solar cells that are thin, lightweight and flexible allowing our solar films to be integrated into building facades, chassis of vehicles as well as clothing/accessories for consumer applications,” said crystalsol CEO Rumman Syed. “The highly conductive ClearOhm silver nanowires from Cambrios enables us to move to a fully printed solar cell architecture and achieve the high throughput and cost structure required for success in this competitive market segment.”
crystalsol’s thin film-based photovoltaic (PV) module production process is based on roll-to-roll printing, enabling high throughputs and exceptional cost structure. This improved production approach is expected to reach large scale within the next 18 months.
“The entire thrust of the PV film industry is driving down large-scale production costs while exceeding the performance of traditional PV technologies,” added Cambrios President & CEO John LeMoncheck. “Our two companies are bringing added value by pushing this technology further and faster into building integrated thin-film PV market segments.”
According to a market study by NanoMarkets, annual revenues for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are growing rapidly and expected to reach more than US $ 35 billion by 2019.