Rhodia Invests in Breakthrough Photovoltaic Technology


Rhodia has joined with the UK's Carbon Trust in a £4.5 million equity offering of the solar energy start-up Eight19 to develop "organic photovoltaic" technology. This investment will allow Rhodia to be actively involved in the development of this new technology, bringing its industrial know-how and best-in-class research capabilities.

The breakthrough organic photovoltaic technology will use semi-conducting organic polymers to provide solar power at a price substantially lower than that offered by first and second-generation technologies. The solar cells will be similar in appearance to photographic films and be flexible, lightweight and extremely easy to install, allowing to address new market segments such as building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), intelligent fabrics, mobile electric equipment or self-powered electronic devices....
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