What is organic photovoltaic technology (OPV)?
Organic photovoltaic (OPV) is based on the organic materials of the photovoltaics (PV) layer of the solar films. Organic stands for the use of carbon-based molecules, which enable the conversion of sunlight into electricity. What is innovative about OPV is this organic material as a PV layer, which means no use of scarce or toxic substances and few materials are required for production compared to conventional solar modules.
The primary function of the organic solar cell is similar to standard PV: Photons of the sunlight release electrons into the PV layers, which can be used as electrical power. It is an innovative semiconductor technology, which is the opposite of ODhLED’s, which convert power into light. Heliatek converts light into power.
With this technology, it is possible to create brand-new, innovative solar products that are ultra-light, flexible, ultra-thin and truly green. Organic solar technology is still at the beginning of its learning curve. However, Heliatek is specialized in this technology, bringing it to the edge of commercial series manufacturing.