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Konarka's Manufacturing Process

Konarka has developed a manufacturing process that allows lightweight, lower cost, flexible plastics to be used rather than glass or silicon (which are the only materials able to withstand the conventional manufacturing process without disintegrating). Konarka can manufacture cells quicker and cheaper than under previous methods, opening the way for cost-effective mass production.

Konarka’s unique photo-reactive materials can be printed or coated inexpensively onto these flexible materials using roll-to-roll manufacturing, similar to how newspaper is printed on large rolls of paper.

Just as newsprint can include text, images, and a variety of colors, Konarka’s photovoltaic materials can include a range of colors and patterns. In addition, Konarka’s cells can be produced with varying degrees of translucency so they can be customized for use in new products and markets.

Konarka’s simplified manufacturing process enables production to scale easily and results in significantly reduced costs over previous generations of solar cells. The process is environment-friendly and does not expose the materials to harmful high temperatures. Another significant advantage is that it does not require the invention of a new factory to do this — instead it can use existing coating and printing machines and technologies.

Finally, solar cells can be produced and used virtually anywhere, enabling production even in regions where supporting infrastructure is generally thought to be insufficient.

Konarka manufactures flexible photovoltaic products using a roll-to-roll process.
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