With €80 million in new investments and new projects, Heliatek will expand annual production by one million square meters.
David Savastano, Editor04.25.17
About a decade ago, the field of organic photovoltaics (OPV) looked like one of the most promising opportunities for printed electronics. However, OPV technology never was able to achieve its promise, let alone efficiencies and lifetimes needed by the market, and most of the early technologies went out of business.
Heliatek is the lone exception from this initial group. A 2006 spinoff from the Technical University of Dresden (IAPP) and the University of Ulm, Heliatek has steadily improved the performance of its solar modules, reaching a record conversion efficiency of 13.2% for an OPV multi-junction cell, and is now heading into large-scale manufacturing.
Dr. Thomas Bickl, Heliatek’s VP sales and product development, said that the path carved out by founder and current CTO Martin Pfeiffer has helped to ensure the company’s viability.
“We just had our 10th anniversary, and we have grown a lot,” Dr. Bickl said. “I would say there w
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