OPVIUS ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC
As a result of their unique features, organic solar cells have a number of potential applications, including integration into windows to generate energy from sunlight. Photos courtesy of MaterialDistrict

When you picture solar power, chances are you conjure up images of large solar panels spanning the length of a rooftop or a large solar farm out in a field. But what if you could put a solar panel in the sunroof of a hybrid car, on a tent or within the windows of an office building? What if you could power a vaccine refrigerator in a remote place with a flexible solar panel that could be shipped in a mailing tube? These are just a few possible applications of a relatively new technology known as organic solar cells (OSCs) — new, at least, when compared with silicon solar technology, which has been around since the 1950s.