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Konarka Launches Transparent Plastic Photovoltaic Film for Glass Curtain Walls

SpecialChem / Jun 8, 2011

Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of Konarka Power Plastic®, a lightweight, flexible solar material that converts light to electricity, has announced the largest OPV installation of its kind and the first OPV semi-transparent BIPV curtain wall. Easily laminated onto glass, Konarka's semi-transparent solar panels were installed in the company's New Bedford, Massachusetts facility.

"Konarka's Power Plastic made with proprietary, semi-transparent material and laminated inexpensively onto glass is easily integrated into building walls," commented Howard Berke, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of Konarka. "Organic PV is much less energy intensive to manufacture compared with crystalline silicon. Konarka's transparent photovoltaic film is ideal for glass curtain walls because of its superior low light sensitivity, thermal performance, light weight and performance over a wide range of sunlight angle of incidence. "In the New Bedford facility, Konarka's Power Plastic is installed in both south and east facing walls. Being able to integrate solar panels into multiple walls delivers greater electrical output. Typical solar installations occur on rooftops, although there is generally far more area to accommodate PV system integration in building walls, especially in multi-story buildings."

One of the world leaders in OPV technology, Konarka's solar panels are lightweight, flexible and versatile, offering various large and small scale applications including curtain walls, components within windows and other building integrated (BIPV) and building applied (BAPV) categories. Konarka's roll-to-roll manufacturing process facilitates fabrication of custom sizes preferred by architects in new construction and retrofit applications. Solar panels are available in a variety of colors and degrees of optical transmissivity.

About Konarka Technologies, Inc.

Konarka Technologies develops and manufactures solar plastic films that convert light to electricity anywhere. As the leading developer of polymer-based, organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology that provides a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors, Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical, scientific and manufacturing team. Manufactured at low cost and low energy consumption, the company's Konarka Power Plastic technology is lightweight, flexible, scalable and adaptable for use in a variety of commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Konarka Technologies is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A. and has a full scale production manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Mass. U.S.A., with European headquarters in Nürnberg, Germany, a business development office in Japan and a research and development facility in Austria.

Source: Konarka Technologies, Inc.


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