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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell 

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has achieved a world record efficiency for organic cells at the lab level. It now aims to bring the PV technology to market maturity.

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

– Fraunhofer ISE and the Materials Research Center FMF set a new world record for organic photovoltaics, achieving 15.8% efficiency for a 1 cm2 organic solar cell.

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

– The breakthrough was made possible by using an anti-reflection coating that increases light absorption in the cell's photoactive layer, leading to higher current output.

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

– The thin-film system required for the coating was developed by Fraunhofer ISE researchers.

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

Organic solar cells, though cheap to produce, currently have lower efficiencies compared to conventional crystalline ...

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

silicon cells, and researchers worldwide are working on improving their scalability and efficiency. 

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

In addition to the record-breaking solar cell, Fraunhofer ISE also developed electrodes for semi-transparent organic solar cells using the same coating process. 

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

– These electrodes allow visible light to pass through while reflecting near-infrared light back into the cell.

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 15.8%-efficient organic solar cell

– The development of this technology brings organic photovoltaic (PV) cells closer to market maturity, potentially increasing their competitiveness with other solar cell technologies.

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