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Mitsubishi Chemical to start selling organic photovoltaic cells in 2016

The initial product is a translucent film to be either installed in laminated glass or attached directly to window glass

10 Aug 2015 | Editor

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp has announced that it will start shipment of its organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells in 2016. The power conversion efficiency of the cell is about 3%. To acceleration commercialisation, Mitsubishi Chemical has established a partnership with 3M Japan Ltd, a Japanese subsidiary of 3M.

The initial product is a translucent film to be either installed in laminated glass or attached directly to window glass. The cell for laminated glass has a lifetime of about 10 years, and the cell for window glass has a lifetime of about five years. Mitsubishi Chemical is continuing research with the aim to extend the product life of the for window glass to 10 years.

Although Mitsubishi Chemical have not announced any prices Nikkei Technology Online have estimated that prices for a 1 m2 of OPV film will be about ¥10,000 - ¥20,000 (approx. US$ 80.4- US$160.8). Industry analysts said this is equivalent to the price of film products used with glass windows for blocking heat or ultraviolet light or screening.

Mitsubishi Chemical plans to reduce the price of the film by 1/3 and then to 1/2 has volume production ramps up.

Mitsubishi Chemical - A verification test of the OPV film on window glass<

Figure: Mitsubishi Chemical - A verification test of the OPV film on window glass

Also see the Mitsubishi Chemical webpage on the OPV cells: www.mitsubishichem-hd.co.jp/english/discover_kaiteki/kaiteki_value/detail01.html

techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/    www.m-kagaku.co.jp    www.3mcompany.jp    www.3m.com   

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