There is a huge and mostly untapped market for organic solar cells, in everything from construction to consumer goods. But how can we improve the design, roll out and marketability of these advanced nanomaterials? And how do we bridge the gaps between research institutes and the business community? These were the questions tackled at the latest ORGANEXT project meeting, 14 January 2014, in Maastricht.
Delegates shared the latest insights on organic semi-conducting nanomaterials, from advanced research to market applications. For example, how organic solar cells can be built into double glazed windows or used as flexible solar panels in clothing and bags.
ORGANEXT is made up of 12 partners from the “EUREGIO” Meuse-Rhine, Eindhoven and Leuven with expertise in nanotechnology, new materials, organic solar cells and economic analysis / valorisation. UNU-MERIT is involved in the last of these fields via Prof. René Kemp and researcher Raf Sluismans.
This was the third ORGANEXT cluster meeting, gathering more than 50 industrial partners, researchers and policy makers, looking specifically at the future of organic solar cells and their market introduction. See the videos below for more details.
Photographs by Herman Pijpers and BASF. Videos by Howard Hudson.