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European research project for organic photovoltaic applications

Dr. Schenk GmbH, leading supplier of inspection and measurement solutions for the thin-film solar module production, proudly announces its participation in a trend-setting research project supported by the European Commission. The “HIFLEX” project aims to jointly develop a technology for highly flexible Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) modules. Due to the use of commercially viable printing and coating techniques on roll-to-roll material, this new PV generation can be produced even more cost-effective than today’s solar modules. Therefore, organic photovoltaic is one of the most promising business areas, as interest in clean energy technology continuously grows.

The research consortium has selected Dr. Schenk as industrial partner for the HIFLEX project. Dr. Schenk contributes its highly recognized and valuable know-how in the production processes of thin-film PV modules as well as roll-to-roll material and their quality requirements.

Schenk’s fundamental comprehension of inspection and measurement technology is a result of 25 years industry experience in the development and world-wide delivery of in-line metrology solutions to manufacturers of PV modules and web materials such as film, foil and non-wovens. For further information on the HIFLEX research project, please refer to the official press release from the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).

With the optical vision systems, SolarInspect for solar applications and EasyInspect for web applications, local material defects can reliably be detected along the production lines. Thanks to the additional monitoring and measurement options, SolarMeasure and EasyMeasure, manufacturers and converters can evaluate and correlate metrology data from the various analyzing steps and perceive a comprehensive overview of the entire manufacturing process. This global evaluation, uniquely offered by Dr. Schenk GmbH, reveals the real potential for process optimization.