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A Breakthrough in Solar Technology

In 2000 the U.S. Army provided funding for an elite team of scientists under the coordination of the Army's Natick, Massachusetts Laboratory to develop advanced photovoltaic technology for soldiers. The team achieved a remarkable breakthrough.

They discovered a new technology to facilitate materials processing at relatively low temperatures. This discovery enabled, for the first time, the use of a wide variety of low-cost polymers as the top and bottom surfaces of the photovoltaic cell. It also enabled the photovoltaic cells to be manufactured at a much higher speed. The resulting dye-sensitized photovoltaic cells are efficient across a much broader spectrum of light than traditional "solar" cells, allowing them to be useful inside and out.

Thus was born Konarka Technologies. The breakthrough chemical process, known as "cold sintering," and the roll-to-roll manufacturing process are now patent pending.

Konarka is dedicated to the development and commercialization of polymer photovoltaic products that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications around the world.

In Memory of
Dr. Sukant K. Tripathy
The late Dr. Sukant K. Tripathy has inspired our work at Konarka. As a chemistry professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Founder of the Center for Advanced Materials, Dr. Tripathy was responsible for establishing the University's Institute for NanoScience Engineering and Technology. During his 15 years at UMass Lowell, Dr. Tripathy became an internationally known scientist in the materials field and he helped the University to become a significant player in the emerging nanotechnology field. He is deeply missed.