Solarmer: Plastic Solar Panels that are 10x Cheaper Than Silicon Based Panels
This product is not yet available for purchase, but Solarmer plans on making the product available for purchase in the 2nd half of next year. They plan to enter the solar market in a series of three stages. Initially, the polymer cells will be made available for hand-held electronic devices, subsequently smart appliances like umbrellas and bags, and finally building integrated photovoltaics.
In addition to their lower cost, Solarmer's solar panels are more eco-friendly than their silicon alternatives. Since they are made out of plastic solar cells, there are no heavy metals or chemicals used in the manufacturing processes. In addition, there is very little material used in their manufacturing- 100 nanometres per cell.