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Advancing Organic Solar Energy

Advancing Organic Solar Energy

June 5, 2013

Alternative Energy

Prof. Eugene Katz holds a prototype of a promising new solar energy technology.

Prof. Eugene Katz holds a prototype of a promising new solar energy technology.

Prof. Eugene Katz is a pioneer in the innovative new field of organic photovoltaics (OPV), which are low-cost, light-weight solar cells made of organic materials.

He a member of the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center on BGU’s Sede Boqer Campus, and the University’s Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Prof. Katz and his team of researchers at BGU are among the world leaders in photovoltaic characterization.

The team has been invited to participate in a number of inter-laboratory tests comparing the characterization of OPV efficiency and operational stability.

They are the only Israeli team participating in LARGECELLS, a European Union consortium that focuses on the development of OPV technology.

This international consortium is working together to create organic photovoltaic cells based on conjugated polymer materials, polymer-inorganic hybrid systems and their usage in large area stable devices that are fabricated using printing techniques.

While the cost of inorganic photovoltaic panels is dropping, developing a low-cost, easily produced carpet-like material which would be easy to install would be a major improvement in solar technology.

“We hope to create an affordable technology that revolutionizes the field,” says Prof. Katz.