Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is one of the fastest growing sustainable, renewable energy conversion technologies that can help meet the increasing global energy demands. Organic photovoltaic (OPV) technologies are particularly attractive due to their compatibility with low-cost roll-to-roll and printing processing at low temperatures on a wide variety of substrate materials and the lack of scarce or toxic materials rendering them environmentally friendly. OPVs can also benefit from a larger selection of functional materials as the required properties (high semi-conductor mobility, suitable band gap, good intrinsic stability, good barrier properties, etc.) can be tuned by careful design and synthesis.
Currently, the highest cell efficiencies reported in Europe for solution processed single (>9%), double (8.9%) and triple (9.6%) junction cells as well as the lowest water vapor transmission rates for transparent flexible barriers (WVTR 10-6 g/m2/day) were obtained by the partners of MUJULIMA. In this project we show how with new and innovative materials we will increase the module efficiencies (> 15%) and outdoor stability to make OPVs a commercially competitive viable technology.
Developing innovative materials for high performing OPV
The general objective of MUJULIMA is to develop high performance commercially competitive materials with excellent intrinsic stabilities for the cost-effective production of double and triple junction OPVs, for improved light management and for enhanced outdoor stability to achieve high module efficiencies (> 15%) and lifetime (> 10 years).
To achieve this objective, in-depth research will be carried out by the project partners.
More information on OPVs, OPV Technology, MUJULIMA’s material development objectives and the intended applications can be found on this website. We have also included some links to other projects and websites with more background details on related topics.
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