Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation aims for practical application of organic thin-film solar cells with energy efficiency ratio in excess of 10% in Spring 2013.
- As part of the ERATO Nakamura Functional Carbon Cluster Project, in addition to designing the molecular structure of organic molecules, Professor NAKAMURA Eiichi of the University of Tokyo has succeeded in forming a laminate structure at the nano-level, in order to create organic thin-film solar cells. Further joint research will be conducted with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation based on this research, aiming at further successful technical development.
Successful creation of high performance solar cells using a liquid silicon coating process
Revolutionary method developed for manufacturing silicon thin-film solar cells, aimed at potential commercial applications.
- Assisted by ERATO, Professor SHIMODA Tatsuya of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) has successfully created high-performance organic thin-film solar cells using a liquid silicon coating process. This represents the first ever creation of an amorphous (non-crystalline) silicon thin film possessing semi-conductive properties. The coating process has enabled trial manufacture of p-i-n thin-film solar cells, with demonstrably high performance.