Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in the development and commercialisation of Konarka Power Plastic, a lightweight, flexible organic solar film that converts light to electricity, today announced that Konarka's organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar modules have passed aging tests following the type approval standard for PV thin-film modules International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61646.
These recent tests confirm that Konarka's flexible applications can withstand critical IEC stress tests, while in February 2012 the company announced product-testing success in a rigid glass system. Testing was performed by TÜV Rheinland, an international test provider, in its Solar Energy Assessment Centre (SEAC) in Cologne, Germany. These recent advances continue to be based upon Konarka's inverted cell architecture, the company's proprietary intellectual property protected under issued patents.
TÜV's SEAC in Cologne is one of the leading test labs that optimises processes and modern testing and simulation facilities for proven quality and reliability according to national and international standards. In February, Konarka announced its OPV modules were some of the first OPV technologies to pass through the set of individual critical tests following IEC 61646 performed by TÜV.
Thin, lightweight, transparent and flexible, Power Plastic solar films are suitable for integration into various building materials, including glass, plastics, steel, composites and fabrics, offering creative architects and product designers superior, widespread latitude with several color and transparency options across a wide range of sizes enabled by Konarka's roll-to-roll continuous manufacturing process.