Phillips 66 (Houston, TX, U.S.) on December 6th, 2016 announced a new world record in power conversion efficiency for polymer-based single junction organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells.
The 11.84 percent efficiency was certified by Newport Corporation, a recognized center for independent verification of solar cell results under standard testing conditions.
The solar cells are based on proprietary state-of-the-art polymers and interfacial layers, which have been developed by Phillips 66.
The advantaged technology can be printed using low-cost roll-to-roll manufacturing processes. The organic solar cells do not contain hazardous components, such as lead or cadmium, unlike some other types of thin film technologies, the company emphasizes.
“This breakthrough in efficiency brings us closer to the possibility of commercializing this promising form of solar technology,” said Merl Lindstrom, vice president of Technology at Phillips 66.