Monday 9 February 17.15pm I was watching the Community Channel, Eco-Tech. It covered organic solar cells produced by Konarka. Eager to gather more information on this new technology I ‘Googled’ the company. It went bust three years ago. Although the panels were inefficient at just 4% relative to the best silicone products (which can achieve 20%), they were very cheap to produce. Unfortunately the plastic degraded in ultra violet and Konarka went bust.
Although the ‘Community Channel’ made a fascinating program, it is cheating by implying that the technology is ‘cutting edge, I would dearly love to know how this ‘new technology’ developed since the making of the program.
More on Konarka read this link
Research is not a steady process and sometimes there will be ‘failures’. Even a so called failure will point others away from that road. Maybe a team will re-visit that area of research and solve problems which earlier teams did not solve due to lack of time, investment or suitable materials, turning a ‘failure’ into a ‘set back’.