UK-based solar panels developer Solar Press has signed a partnership agreement with German coating and printing equipment supplier Kroenert, to develop and sell manufacturing solutions for organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules.
Solar Press said that the deal will lead to low-cost production of lightweight solar cells, which will reduce the barriers to entry for OPV development.
As per the deal, Solar Press will develop and optimise its production process and sign formulations to allow the development of commercial OPV modules, using Kroenert’s production coating and printing equipment.
Kroenert said it will optimise its hardware to maximise the capability of Solar Press’s OPV production process technology.
Solar Press CEO Chris Harris said; "Our partnership agreement represents an important step in building the necessary eco-system of partners to bring about the delivery of turnkey production systems for manufacturing OPV modules using Solar Press’ proprietary production process and ink formulations."
Established in 2009, Solar Press UK is a joint venture between the Carbon Trust and C-Change, a partnership of academics specialising in plastic and printed electronics to commercialise OPV technology.
Image: Solar Press and Kroenert develop and sell manufacturing solutions for organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules. Photo: Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.