New Theory Guide Available: OPVs vs 3rd-Gen Solar Technologies


Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Although crystalline silicon (c-Si)  is currently the preferred material in the commercial solar cell market, thin-film alternatives could potentially be flexible, more affordable, and easier to produce. Organic photovoltaics are a popular alternative to silicon.


Record efficiencies achieved for third-generation thin-film cells over time, with data shown according to a 2018 NREL efficiency report.

They fall into the category of third-generation solar technologies, which are typically described as 'emerging' technologies. Other technologies in this category include copper zinc tin sulphide (CZTS), dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs), quantum dot solar cells, and perovskite solar cells.


In this new theory guide, we explore the efficiencies, cost, weight, stability, and the environmental impact of several third-generation technologies in comparison to organic photovoltaics. You can learn more here: Organic Photovoltaics vs. 3rd-Generation Solar Cell Technologies