Disasolar announces three year R&D contract to develop bio-mimetic organic photovoltaics

Designing bio-mimetic organic photovoltaics is a highly ambitious research project with opportunities in both military and civilian sectors

13 August 2012

DisaSolar has announced they have signed a three-year research contract to design bio-mimetic solar panels for military purposes. The contract involves the development of bio-mimetic flexible solar panels capable of taking on the shape and colour of their environment for camouflage purposes. Such solar devices are designed to increase autonomy of electronic and communications equipment for units in operations. French public research centres and DisaSolar partners, CEA/INES and CNRS/XLIM are also involved and linked to this program.

Organic solar cell

DisaSolar’s inkjet printing technology makes it currently the only industrial company focused on developing a program to design custom-made, flexible solar panels for a broad and extremely diverse range of applications. Such a novel approach to photovoltaics opens up a vast range of possibilities for transforming everyday products into sources of energy.

Stéphane Poughon, CEO DisaSolar, said, “We are proud to have been chosen by the DGA and to take part in such challenging disruptive technology. Designing bio-mimetic organic photovoltaics is a highly ambitious research project with opportunities in both military and civilian sectors. DisaSolar will contribute its know-how in terms of inkjet printing technology and its R&D ecosystem in order to support the DGA in the development of French technology."

The project is funded by the DGA’s Support Regime for Dual Innovation program (RAPID) and in conjunction with French Public administrations. RAPID is designed to finance projects that have major technological and commercial potential, are supported by businesses with less than 2000 employees, and have both military and civilian applications.



About DisaSolar

DisaSolar is the flexible photovoltaic French specialist. The company commercializes and installs 2nd generation flexible photovoltaic panels or “Thin films” and conjointly works on the development of 3rd generation solar cells, or organic photovoltaics.

DisaSolar aims to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of organic solar cells using printing technologies developed with the support of numerous French and international research centers, as well as with Ceradrop, a manufacturer of inkjet printers used in the depositing of components.

Furthermore, DisaSolar relies on the Disa/Megamark group, which specializes in visual communication using graphic printing solutions, for its technical, logistic and human resources.


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