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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN | Award Amount: 3.87M | Year: 2012

The Earth receives the energy in 1 hour required for all human needs in a year. Harvesting solar energy will reduce harmful CO2 emissions and resolve the forthcoming energy deficit that other sources alone cannot make up. The market for stable, cheap, roll-to-roll mass-produced organic solar cells (OSCs) is estimated at 1 billion Euros by 2016. The ITN ESTABLIS will produce a team of 11 ESRs and 4 ERs to harness this pivotal point in Europes development based on a reliable, economically powerful and clean resource. ESTABLIS will be an interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial research and training network. ESRs and ERs that result from ESTABLIS will excel. They will possess a broad skill-set across a range of disciplines that are of absolute necessity to develop the industrial and academic infra-structure in OSCs. Researchers will receive training in the primary areas of synthetic organic chemistry through complementary aspects of polymer science to complete industrial scale photovoltaic device manufacture. To improve the roll-to-roll engineering and stability of opto-electronically active thin-films will require new polymers, surface treatments, rheological appraisals of polymer processing, and ageing studies. A parallel approach will develop the necessary improvements in electronic and opto-electronic properties by clarifying correlations between charge transfer, photochemistry and stability. This project will be run by meticulously interacting groups to increase the stability of strong, flexible, low-cost OSCs to 10 years so that they can be sold on a mass-market basis. ESTABLIS is an exceptionally complementary consortium of field-leading University groups and the worlds chief Industrial companies, namely, the worlds foremost producers of OSCs, Konarka, of conducting polymers, Heraeus, and of semiconducting polymers, Merck. These key European companies are at the heart to ensure that training and technological developments will be industrially operable.


Gaudiana R.,Konarka Technologies
Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics | Year: 2012

Challenges remain overcome on the road to manufacturing stable, high-performance organic photovoltaic modules in high volume at low cost. The major challenges are centered on stability to high-intensity solar radiation, which represents one of the many accelerated aging tests, and module efficiency. Several of the underlying problems for both of these will be discussed in the text, and some will be addressed in the following papers. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Patent
Konarka Technologies and Merck Patent Gesellschaft Mit Beschrankter Haftung | Date: 2012-11-30

The invention relates to novel formulations comprising an organic semiconductor (OSC) and a conductive additive, to their use as conducting inks for the preparation of organic electronic (OE) devices, especially organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells, to methods for preparing OE devices using the novel formulations, and to OE devices and OPV cells prepared from such methods and formulations.


Patent
Konarka Technologies | Date: 2011-08-22

Photovoltaic cells that have a mesh electrode, as well as related systems, methods and components, are disclosed.


Patent
Konarka Technologies | Date: 2011-04-08

Methods of preparing photovoltaic modules, as well as related components, systems, and devices, are disclosed.


Patent
Konarka Technologies | Date: 2012-10-03

Photovoltaic cells containing a novel electrode, as well as related systems, methods, modules, and components, are disclosed.


Patent
Konarka Technologies | Date: 2011-07-26

Photovoltaic cells with silole-containing polymers, as well as related systems, methods and components are disclosed.


Patent
Konarka Technologies | Date: 2011-07-26

Photovoltaic cells with thiazole-containing polymers, as well as related components, systems, and methods, are disclosed.


Patent
Konarka Technologies | Date: 2011-05-12

Solid state dye sensitized photovoltaic cells, as well as related components, systems, and methods, are disclosed.


Patent
Konarka Technologies and Osram | Date: 2011-01-05

The invention relates to a material for applying thin organic layers having a specifically adjustable conductivity. Said material comprises at least one mixture of two different fractions of a functional polymer, preferably in a solvent, and is used, for example, with the aid of various application techniques, as a functional layer for an organic electronic component.

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