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  •  Another basic issue with organic PV cells (4+ / 0-)

    Is limited durability and life-span, so regardless of the simplicity and low production cost, so regardless of absolute efficiency, the technology needs some improvement, which I'm confident will happen.

    And I would highlight that high efficiency is not really necessary for all applications, for example, one area of focus for organic PV is to use it in glass panels for buildings where you already install glass panes with zero PV output, so if you can make an organic PV technology that is durable enough and cheap enough, it can be laminated into glass panes to generate power and that would be a net gain.

    It's also suitable for applications for grid independent low power applications.

    In a big dick contest with Si based technologies for basic power generation it's far from competitive, but there is a place in the world for cheap and flexible and none of these technologies are the holy grail of clean energy at this point.

    Celebrate diversity!

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:05:10 AM PST

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