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BY Tali Aaron : March 19

Solarmer: Plastic Solar Panels that are 10x Cheaper Than Silicon Based Panels

Solarmer manufacturers plastic solar panels that are 10 times cheaper in cost than silicon cells and cheaper to install, according to the company.  The plastic solar cells are made from a polymer material and function as the photo absorbing layer for the cell.  Since they are flexible, transparent, and light weight, they are easier to install and therefore cost less to the end user than silicon based solar panels.  According to Vishal from Solarmer, you literally just stick them onto the surface you want them on.  A frame for the polymer cells is also an option made available by the company.  Solarmer's polymer cells have received the certification of world record efficiency from the National Renewable Energy Lab .

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.

10 Responses to Solarmer: Plastic Solar Panels that are 10x Cheaper Than Silicon Based Panels

  1. Connie Oertel on February 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Certainly, but we all need to realize that adding Solar in their house is an purchase that could raise the future valuation of their house if / when they choose to sell. With the environment the way it is going we are unable to overlook any solution that offers zero cost electricity at no cost to both the buyer and more notably the environment!

  2. Renata on November 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Then why does it need subsidies? If solar was a good deal it wldoun't need tax subsidies to make it affordable. You also need to take 2 other things into consideration1) Financing cost if you finance2) If you pay in full up front, what return could you have gotten on that money had you invested it insteadI don't know about California, but we do get hail occasionally and it seems to me that hail can damage the panels. I think a breakthrough is coming though.

  3. buildaroo on April 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Solarmer: Plastic Solar Panels that are 10x Cheaper Than Silicon... #eco #cleantech #greenbuilding #renewableenergy

  4. buildaroo on April 4, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Solarmer: Plastic Solar Panels that are 10x Cheaper Than Silicon... #eco #cleantech #greenbuilding #renewableenergy

  5. daniela on March 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    pzz no encontre lo que dice dece que son paÑales de seldaddas slares y no bienen

  6. χρηστος on March 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    ενδιαφερομαι για τα πλαστικα πανελ .

  7. buildaroo on February 21, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Solarmer: Plastic Solar Panels that are 10x Cheaper Than Silicon... #eco #cleantech #greenbuilding #renewableenergy

  8. murlidhar shirname on February 19, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Great article! If we can bring down the manufacturing cost of flexible solar panels there is unlimited potential for applications, use and of course; business
    We are interested in marketing thes products.

  9. Paul Cowling on January 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    gday there, just wanted to mention thankyou for this post, it assisted me sense something I hadn't given a lot of reflection to it beforehand.

  10. [...] Solarmer Energy, Inc., a leading developer of plastic solar panels, has broken the plastic solar cell world record for a second consecutive time, according to a recent press release by the company. Solarmer’s champion plastic solar cell has an efficiency of 7.6%, and is certified by the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center’s Photovoltaic (TAC-PV) Lab. The Newport Corporation is a globally recognized leader in advanced technology products and solutions. [...]

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