The UK environmental group Carbon Trust and Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory have jointly formed a new company called Eight19 concentrating on the development of new organic photovoltaic (PV) technology that could make the installation of solar cells cheaper and easier.
This way, homeowners will be able to produce clean energy from their windows.
Eight19 will start building new solar panels made from a flexible transparent material having the property to be unrolled easily. Besides this, their cells will also be used more simply and with more versatility.
According to the researchers, the organic photovoltaics (OPV) based on organic solar PV technology do not operate like solar conductors, having a principle similar to photosynthesis in plants.
The solar panels produced by this latest technology could easily be fitted onto any window because the cells are exactly like transparent plastic sheets. The new solar cells could also revolutionize the photovoltaic market, generating cheap and efficient energy to poor countries where grid power is either unreliable or unavailable.