Electricity-generating surfaces, which can be integrated anywhere and into anything the mind can imagine, from buildings, awnings, windows and clothing, to greenhouses and cars, have the potential to provide Greek scientists through the flexible organic photovoltaics they have developed, offering thus energy autonomy, to a large extent, something that is in demand in our time. This was also emphasized by the assistant professor of the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Argyris Laskarakis, head of the Organic Organic Materials Electronics group of the Nanotechnology Laboratory LTFN, underlining that among the many advantages of using flexible organic photovoltaics, there are the competitive price for their market, which when they come into mass production, will be more than 50% lower, compared to that of conventional photovoltaics. “We are influencing the global development of the flexible organic photovoltaics market”, underlined Mr. Laskarakis with satisfaction and added that “on the energy chessboard, Greece is already placed in a particularly favorable position in terms of the development of innovations for the production of new forms of electricity production and this development enables it to assume a leading role in the coming years in this particular sector.” Of course, as he hastened to point out, it is the development of excellence and the investment in human resources and infrastructure in all the previous years, which today brings Greece to the forefront of energy developments. The main industrial players in the flexible organic photovoltaics market are based in the EU, he explained, adding that “within the EU, Greece plays a leading role as it leads research and digital technologies in the development and production of organic electronics.” He clarified that the Greek ecosystem of organic electronics has strong ties and collaborations with academic, research and industrial bodies around the world, with the aim that the innovations that are developed find immediate practical application for the benefit of the market and consumers. Essentially, as explained by Mr. Laskarakis, the flexible organic photovoltaic systems of the fourth generation, are an innovative method of energy production, they are based on the phenomenon of converting sunlight into energy, they work better at high temperatures throughout the day thus providing a more stable current , they can be integrated into any surface, whether curved or portable and cover any aesthetic that someone wants to achieve, since they are printed in various colors, shapes and designs. In addition, flexible organic photovoltaics are to a very large extent recyclable, disposable and environmentally friendly, since no toxic or harmful materials are used for their development. Of course, their efficiency in electricity can reach up to 8%, compared to the 15% that conventional photovoltaics give, but, as Mr. Laskarakis explained, during their mass production, their price will be significantly lower than that of conventional photovoltaics. Also, they have a number of unsurpassed advantages, such as light weight (under one kilogram per square meter), the possibility of digital printing in any shape, and easy adaptation to any surface. Of course, one of their most important advantages is the possibility of becoming semi-transparent, but also completely transparent, which allows them to be manufactured with high aesthetic standards (for applications in buildings), but also with customized optical transparency, at specific wavelengths, for applications in greenhouses where they will allow the plants to be illuminated only with the appropriate light energies necessary for their growth. The scientific, research and business event “NANOTECHNOLOGY 2022”, with an emphasis on cutting-edge technologies, green energy, printed electronics, nanomedicine and advanced materials, is being held these days in Thessaloniki with the participation of 1000 delegates from 65 countries. Nanotechnology, in addition to scientific and technological discoveries, creates with its products and services a huge market of more than 6 trillion. euros for 2021, which is estimated to exceed 7.5 trillion this year. euros, as well as more than 1,500,000 new high-tech companies and many tens of millions of new jobs in all sectors of production, economy and society. During this year’s work, which will last until July 9, 85% of the participants are present in person, while the participation of high-tech companies from Greece and abroad at the NANOTECHNOLOGY EXPO, which is held live, exceeded all expectations.

Greece leads the global market of flexible organic photovoltaics – Chaniotika News