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Solarmer Energy Continues to Break
Solar Cell World Records

Applications for this technology will likely be portable digital electronic devices and smart fabrics (such as tents and solar bags)

Solarmer Energy, Inc. Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 10/27/2009


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Plastic solar cells

Plastic solar cells can be seamlessly integrated into portable electronics

LOS ANGELES, Ca. - Solarmer Energy, Inc., a leading developer of plastic solar panels, has done it again, breaking the plastic solar cell world record for a second consecutive time. Solarmer announced today their champion plastic solar cell efficiency of 7.6%, certified by the Newport Corporation's Technology and Applications Center's Photovoltaic (TAC-PV) Lab. The Newport Corporation is a globally recognized leader in advanced technology products and solutions.

Plastic solar panels, the next generation of solar products, will be flexible, transparent, and able to generate low cost clean energy from the sun. Attractive and colorful, customizable shape and sizes, and better low light performance are just a few in a long list of unique characteristics of plastic solar panels. These solar panels will transform the renewable energy industry, because of their ability to drive cost down to 12-15 cents/kWh and much less than $1/Watt.

In the process of completing their pilot manufacturing line, this efficiency milestone increases anticipation for Solarmer's plastic solar panels, which will be available next year. "Breaking the 7% efficiency barrier for organic photovoltaics is a huge accomplishment for Solarmer and the organic photovoltaic (OPV) industry." said Dr. Gang Li, Vice President of Technology Development. "We are thankful for the contributions of our two primary collaborators, Prof. Luping Yu at the University of Chicago and Prof. Yang Yang at UCLA. We believe that our world class team will ensure that we continue along the path to the commercial success of OPVs."

"We are pleased that Newport's recently launched certified PV lab is helping Solarmer in achieving outstanding results in efficiency. Our collaboration in material research and certified testing is a great example of how two very different companies can benefit by working together," says Dr. Ruben Zadoyan, Director of Technology and Applications Center of Newport Corporation.

Solarmer Energy, Inc. will be speaking more to the public about this achievement at this year's Solar Power International conference in Anaheim, California. The company will be exhibiting at booth #3073 from October 27th to the 29th.

About Newport Corporation's TAC-PV Lab

Newport Corporation is a globally recognized leader in advanced technology products and solutions for fields including Semiconductors, and Microelectronics. Newport's TAC-PV Lab is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to ISO/IEC 17025. They measure the electrical performance of photovoltaic cells under simulated sunlight according to the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standard E948, and make spectral responsivity measurements of photovoltaic devices according to ASTM E1021. All measurements are performed under standard reporting conditions (SRC) with a temperature of 25°C, a total irradiance of 1 Sun (1000 W/m2), and spectral irradiance AM1.5G (IEC 60904-3). For more information on the TAC-PV lab can be found at newport.com/TAC-PV.

About Solarmer Energy, Inc.

Solarmer is developing transparent, lightweight, flexible, plastic solar panels, which are expected to cost a fraction of what silicon solar panels cost. These solar panels will create new markets that are currently not addressable with conventional silicon solar panel technology. The first major applications for this technology will likely be portable digital electronic devices (such as cell phones and PDAs) and smart fabrics (such as tents and solar bags). Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), in the form of power windows, will soon follow. The company was founded in 2006 to commercialize technology developed at UCLA.

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