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The case for organic photovoltaics

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Increasing demand for energy worldwide, driven largely by the developing world, coupled with the tremendous hidden costs associated with traditional energy sources necessitates an unprecedented fraction of the future global energy mix come from sustainable, renewable sources. The potential solar energy resource dwarfs that of all other renewable sources combined, yet only two photovoltaic technologies are known to have the potential to be scaled up to make dramatic impact on the overall energy mix: silicon and organic photovoltaics. In this paper, we present the long-term sustainability advantages of organics when compared to silicon and other photovoltaic technologies in terms of energy payback time and global warming potential while also discussing the outlook for transitional applications of organic solar cells.

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The article was received on 14 Jun 2013, accepted on 04 Jul 2013 and first published on 04 Jul 2013

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA42989J
RSC Adv., 2013,3, 17633-17648

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    The case for organic photovoltaics

    S. B. Darling and F. You, RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 17633
    DOI: 10.1039/C3RA42989J

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