ASCA is an innovation-driven company that took patents on printed OPV production and technology from the chemical company Merck KGaA at the end of 2021. From the beginning, Epishine, as a key player in the OPV industry, has been actively involved in the discussion of making the IP concerning printed OPV available to the market. “We are pleased to sign our first licensing agreement with Epishine. This partnership is a logical follow-up and part of our commitment to support the growth of the organic photovoltaic market,” ASCA´s Vice President for Key Accounts Nicolas Vannieuwenhuyse says.

Maximize the potential of solar energy

Epishine is currently focusing on indoor light energy harvesting for sensors, beacons, displays and other small electronics, with the ambition to further develop both indoor and outdoor OPV applications. “We manufacture a printed organic solar cell with very good performance at low light. As one of the key actors that takes printed organic solar cells to the global mass market, we see great potential in ASCA’s IP concerning to printed OPV”, says Anna Björklou, CEO at Epishine.

ASCA´s aesthetic OPV-solutions offer an unlimited potential to support the expansion of solar energy – from building and vehicle-integrated photovoltaics to energy-harvesting electronic devices for the IoT world. ASCA is the only manufacturer that provides tailor-made solutions in terms of shapes and dimensions to meet the requirements of all use cases. Through licensing agreements with other actors of the OPV industry, ASCA wants to tear down market adoption barriers and to increase the competitiveness of OPV. “As a lightweight and flexible solution, OPV enables us to maximize the potential of solar energy as we can easily equip new surfaces with energy-harvesting technology,” says Vannieuwenhuyse.

As OPV has a low carbon footprint and no rare earths are used, it is an even greener option than conventional solar modules.