Their production is simple and less expensive

Organic Solar Cells will be more suitable for the Indian environment than the traditional silicon solar cells, French solar energy scientist Linda Cattin has said.

Dr. Cattin was delivering the keynote address during the valedictory function of a three-day international seminar on light, organised by the Laboratory for Molecular Electronics and Photonics (LAMP) under the Department of Physics at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, on Friday.


Dr. Cattin said that though silicon was one of the largest chemical elements on earth, its processing was expensive.

That was why solar panels made of silicon were very costly and unaffordable to many, Dr. Cattin said.

The production of organic solar cells, on the other hand, was simple and less expensive.

Inspiring results

Though the manufacturing technology of organic solar cells was presently facing different challenges, researches in this direction were showing inspiring results of late, he said.

Exploring options

Dr. Cattin said France, which traditionally depended on nuclear energy for its electricity requirements, was waking up to the possibilities of organic solar cell technology.

The focal theme of the conference was Organic Photovoltaics.