What is organic photovoltaic technology (OPV)?
Organic photovoltaics (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 rare materials are required for production – in contrast 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 are used to generate electrical power. It is an innovative semiconductor technology. One can say it is the opposite of OLEDs, 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 commercial series manufacturing.