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The power of organic based photovoltaic (OBPV) cells

The photovoltaic cells produced in the last years are organic-based, because they exploit exceptionally the conductivity and the absorption properties of some special organic semiconductors. Their potentiality in architecture and in several industrial fields is remarkable. ObPV cells can be laid down on different layers of plastic, glass and steel.

These innovative cells, even though still to be refined, can transform rapidly solar light into energy, enabling higher performances than traditional solar cells currently on the market.

IThis is possible thanks to ObPV higher perception of both corner and scattered light. Tests showed 20-30 per cent higher performances. Several are the prototypes already realized with organic-based photovoltaic cells: panels combined with LED lighting systems, thin panels to be placed on roofs and cells for integrated car roofing, like the surprising concept car Smart Forvision (created by Smart in collaboration with BASF). Since ObPV cells can be realized in all colours except for black, they can be applied with extremely innovative aesthetical effects: Smart cars, for example, are testing the installation of coppery, bronzy and silvery cells. According to experts, glamour solutions can however reduce the energy efficiency produced by dark cells instead.

The power of organic based photovoltaic (OBPV) cells

A biodynamic life
by Giuliana Zoppis

The power of organic based photovoltaic (OBPV) cells

News, events, products and services for an innovative and conscious lifestyle:
all that can give an ecologic shift to everyday actions with responsibility, curiosity, creativity and the desire of improving us and the world we live in.

This is the section led by Giuliana Zoppis, architect, journalist and expert of ecodesign, biobuilding and socio-environmental sustainability. In 2006, together with Clara Mantica , she founded Best Up the first chain for promoting the sustainable living.