Flexible PV enters production

A production partnership between two Austrian companies could soon see the production of a flexible photovoltaic film. Forster Verkehrs and Crystalsol are to produce a new type of flexible photovoltaic film based on a crystalline semiconductor powder.

It reflects the region's desire to expand and led innovation in to photovoltaic materials and production development.

The flexible photovoltaic film can either be opaque or transparent and can be integrated into facade and roof top elements such as glass or tiles.
The film is also being used for consumer products like mobile chargers, bags and clothes. Forster has extensive experience in high-throughput production such as roll-to-roll screen printing and lamination, and will be able to facilitate Crystalsol as it moves to increase production.

The core innovation of the technology is its unique light absorbing active layer made of crystalline semiconductor powder and its low cost roll-to-roll production process. The applied powder also avoids the use of rare and expensive materials such as indium or tellurium.

Author
Justin Cunningham

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