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Flexible, Ultra-Thin, Transparent Solar Cells

Aix-en-Provence, France, September 17, 2014. French company Sunpartner Technologies, inventor of Wysips® – a transparent component that transforms any surface into a solar power generator – has successfully integrated its Wysips® Crystal and Wysips® Glass technology into flexible and ultra-thin substrates. These revolutionary solar cells respond to strong market demand and open up a future with virtually limitless applications, particularly in the mobile phone, construction, and transportation industries.

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Sunpartner Technologies Incorporates its Wysips® Crystal and Wysips® Glass Components into Flexible and Ultra-Thin Surfaces

Wysips® Crystal, developed to power mobile devices with screens, and Wysips® Glass, which turns transparent windows into solar panels, were initially developed on 0.5 mm glass substrates. Today, these two components have been successfully integrated into ultra-thin glass (0.1 mm)  while maintaining the same performance (2.5 mW/cm2) and increasing transparency (now over 90%)—all for an end-product that can be moved and bent without breaking.

Production is currently in the development phase and products with flexible, ultra-thin solar cells should on the market in 18 to 24 months.

This game-changing technology perfectly responds to major market demands:

–        Reducing the weight, thickness, and size of portable electronics
Moving from 0.5 mm to ultra-thin 0.1 cells, even 0.05, will enable manufacturers to begin production of Wysips® Crystal products faster.

–        Meeting the demand for curved-surface solar with Wysips
Glass and Wysips® Crystal

Flexible solar panels are essential for many transport applications (such as sunroofs, aircraft windows, or skylights for recreational vehicles) and for construction. They also respond to strong demand from screen and smartphone manufacturers. Being able to make highly-efficient, curved solar panels paves the way for almost limitless applications in the future.

Sunpartner Technologies’ Technology & Innovation VP Jean-Luc Ledys said, “Flexible and ultra-thin photovoltaics are the natural result of our innovation strategy. They also demonstrate our continued commitment to making all kinds of surfaces ‘smart’ and able to generate electricity from natural or artificial light. This breakthrough technology not only complements the rigid substrate solutions that are currently available; it also opens up a whole new world of options, both in applications for mobile electronics, transportation, and construction, as well as in the manufacturing process for large volumes (such as Roll-to-Roll processing).” 

Sunpartner Technologies currently manufactures small batches of Wysips® Crystal and Wysips® Glass components at its production line near Aix-en-Provence, France. Large volume production of Wysips® technologies is set to start next year for transportation, glazing, and mobile phone screens.

About Sunpartner Technologies

Founded in 2008, Sunpartner Technologies is an engineering company specializing in Solar NETs (New Energy Technologies). They develop independent energy solutions that are integrated into smart surfaces and are invisible.

In particular, the company invented the transparent photovoltaic technology Wysips,® which transforms any surface into a solar panel that can produce its own energy.

Sunpartner Technologies has regularly received awards both for its innovation and from the business community, such as the Nobel Sustainability® Clean Tech Company award in 2013 and Technology Pioneer 2014 from the World Economic Forum.

Based in Aix-en-Provence (France), the company has a team of 46 employees and projects a combined turnover of € 100 million ($ 137 million) by the end of 2017.

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