Saturday, June 22, 2024

World’s First Free-Shaped Organic Photovoltaic Module

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Tailored for the modern era, this new generation of OPV modules generates more power in the same space and paves the way for smaller, eco-friendly energy solutions. 

Dracula Technologies has announced an exciting advancement in their LAYER Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) modules. This new generation of OPV modules boasts a 25% increase in performance compared to its predecessors, marking a significant leap in energy-efficient technology. This latest development allows for two key benefits: generating 25% more power in the same space, achieving 750µW under 1000 lux lighting conditions (up from 570µW), or reducing the required surface area by 25% while maintaining the same power, voltage, and current output. This innovation is particularly impactful for those designing and manufacturing indoor IoT devices, wearables, and ultra-low power components. It represents the first in a series of anticipated advancements towards using more eco-friendly materials.

The reduction in surface area not only leads to cost savings but also contributes to a lesser environmental impact. This breakthrough is pivotal in promoting discreet IoT designs and reducing the need for frequent maintenance, which can be costly and environmentally detrimental. This launch coincides with European regulations aiming to phase out non-rechargeable batteries in IoT devices, positioning Dracula Technologies as a crucial partner in this transition. Leveraging inkjet printing technology, the company can customise the LAYER module to meet specific client needs. This innovation combines free shape with a reduced surface area, offering substantial economic and environmental benefits.

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The LAYER technology is compatible with a broad spectrum of communication protocols and has diverse applications, including Smart Buildings, Smart Homes, Connected Supermarkets, Industry 4.0, and Autonomous Vehicles. Designers can access demo kits for prototype development or seek assistance from the LAYER Solutions division for comprehensive support in implementing and delivering the final product. LAYER stands out as the world’s first free-shaped OPV module designed for IoT devices, capable of generating energy from ambient light, even under low light conditions. This groundbreaking technology eliminates the need for cables and batteries in smart home devices and offers customisable, eco-friendly solutions for various applications.

Dracula Technologies’ Chief Technology Officer, Sadok Ben Dkhil, emphasised the significance of this 25% performance improvement. He noted that it aligns with their objective to provide clean power sources, thereby minimising the environmental impact of products. The company plans to integrate these new modules into their industrial line, which is set to be operational by September 2023.

Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Sondhi Gaur is a journalist at EFY. She has a German patent and brings a robust blend of 7 years of industrial & academic prowess to the table. Passionate about electronics, she has penned numerous research papers showcasing her expertise and keen insight.


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