Thin-Film Solar Panel Factory Opens in Massachusetts

Oct. 22, 2008
Konarka Technologies Inc. has opened what it claims to be the largest roll-to-roll flexible thin-film solar manufacturing facility

Konarka Technologies Inc. has opened what it claims to be the largest roll-to-roll flexible thin-film solar manufacturing facility, preparing for the commercialization and mass production of its patent-protected thin film solar material, Power Plastic. Located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the 250,000 square foot building was previously the location for Polaroid Corp.'s advanced printing technologies.

With this U.S. based manufacturing location, Konarka further expands its presence in Massachusetts and accelerates its aggressive plans to develop and commercialize its polymer-based organic photovoltaic (OPV) technologies worldwide. In addition to acquiring the fully automated roll-to-roll manufacturing line, the company has also hired the technology and process engineering teams from Polaroid, with plans to hire over 100 additional employees as production increases toward capacity over the next two to three years.

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