Epishine in Sweden has signed a key licensing deal with ASCA on printed organic photovoltaic technology.
ASCA, based in Nantes, France, recently acquired the most relevant intellectual property (IP) portfolio on printed OPV and the companies have signed a licensing agreement to share it from the beginning of April. The contract will enable Epishine to further improve its organic indoor light energy harvesting solar modules.
“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 regarding printed OPV available to the market,” said Anna Björklou, CEO at Epishine (above right)
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“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,” said Nicolas Vannieuwenhuyse, Vice President for Key Accounts at ASCA (above left)
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 are manufacturing a printed organic solar cell with very good performance at low light. As one of the key actors that are taking printed organic solar cells to the global mass market, ASCA’s IP related to printed OPV is off course essential to us,” said Björklou.
ASCA´s OPV technology supports the expansion of solar energy from building and vehicle-integrated photovoltaics to energy-harvesting electronic devices for the IoT world. ASCA says it is the only manufacturer to provide tailor-made solutions in terms of shapes and dimensions to meet the requirements of all use cases and has licensing agreements with other OPV companies.
“As a lightweight and flexible solution, OPV enables to maximize the potential of solar energy as we can easily equip new surfaces,” said Vannieuwenhuyse.
Epishine’s first product is an organic solar cell optimized for harvesting ambient indoor light and easily integrated into small low-power electronics.
ASCA is part of the ARMOR group, which specializes in the industrial formulation of inks and the coating of thin layers onto thin films. The Group is the global market leader in the design and manufacture of thermal transfer ribbons for printing variable traceability data on labels and flexible packaging.