Flexible Solar Cells - from Niche to Mainstream (Printed Electronics USA 2012)

Dr Vishal Shrotriya, VP, Strategic Business Developement
Solarmer Energy Inc
United States

Presentation Summary

  • Where are flexible solar cells needed?
  • Organic vs. other flexible PV
  • Market analysis and commercialization roadmap

Speaker Biography (Vishal Shrotriya)

Dr. Vishal Shrotriya is the Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Solarmer Energy, Inc. based in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Shrotriya is leading the company's efforts in building strategic partnerships in manufacturing and product development for the company. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, and BS from IIT Bombay, India in 2002. Dr. Shrotriya also has a certificate in Management of Technology from California Institute of Technology. He has been active in the field of organic and printed electronics for the last 10 years. He has co-authored more than 30 journal papers and patents related to polymer solar cells. He has also written numerous articles in trade publications and has presented at several international conferences.

Company Profile (Solarmer)

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Solarmer Energy Inc. is a developer of transparent, flexible plastic solar panels, the next wave in generating renewable energy from the sun. These solar panels are opening the door for a wide range of new application areas in renewable energy, which are not currently addressable with conventional silicon solar panel technology. Our company's solar panels have the potential to reduce the cost of renewable energy down to 12-15 cents/kWh and less than $1/Watt, which means plastic solar panels will be the first in solar capable of generating electricity on par with conventional fuel costs. Solarmer was founded in 2006 to commercialize this technology, which was developed by Professor Yang Yang at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. The company has licensed this technology from UCLA and additional technology developed by Professor Luping Yu at the University of Chicago. These plastic solar panels, made from very thin layers of plastics and other materials, convert solar energy into electricity in a very cost-effective way.
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