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Konarka solar panels for portable charging

Konarka Technologies Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of Konarka Power Plastic, a material that converts light to energy, unveiled a line of solar panels for use in a variety of portable charging applications that will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of this year.

Clare Goldsberry

October 16, 2009

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Konarka solar panels for portable charging

Konarka Technologies Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of Konarka Power Plastic, a material that converts light to energy, unveiled a line of solar panels for use in a variety of portable charging applications that will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of this year. Commercial products incorporating Konarka Power Plastic 20 Series material—including battery chargers for lighting, mobile phones and devices, carry bags, and café umbrellas—will be available through the company’s qualified resellers and partners program.
   

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A Power Plastic solar panel.

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This umbrella illustrates a potential application for portable device charging needs.

“As a world leader in organic photovoltaic technology, Konarka has been working to meet the growing demand for personal and commercial solar energy solutions,” said Rick Hess, president and CEO at Konarka. “We are delighted to see manufacturers from new and existing markets integrating our solar panels into their products, creating energy-capturing devices, and making them available for commercial use. Initial product applications will address portable and remote power needs while providing distinctive value to our partners’ solutions.”
   
The Konarka Power Plastic 20 Series includes the Power Plastic 120 (1W), Power Plastic 320 (3W), and Power Plastic 620 (7W) products. The panels vary in size and are available with and without integrated connectors, ready to be used or integrated into a manufacturer’s device or product.
   
Next year, Konarka plans to increase its portfolio with additional products for both higher- and lower-voltage applications. —Clare Goldsberry

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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