August 4, 2003
The US Army has funded Konarka Technologies to develop its photovoltaic technology to provide the Army with a source of lightweight, flexible, scalable and renewable power for military applications. Konarka's technology converts sunlight as well as indoor, artificial light into direct current electrical power. The company uses proprietary low-temperature production methods to put the photovoltaic cells onto flexible, lightweight plastics.
"One of the top concerns in the military is the need to develop ultra-lightweight, renewable power for the equipment and electronics that soldiers use, such as displays, computer systems and communications devices," said Philip Brandler, Director, US Army Natick.