Thin Film Electronics has found an investor in Woodford Investment Management to further extend its business activities


Companies / Markets

Thin Film Electronics, a global leader in printed electronics and smart systems based in Oslo, Norway, has announced that Woodford Investment Management has agreed to acquire 120M new shares in the company in a private placement totaling 42M US-Dollars.

 
A smart wristband from Plastic Logic at LOPEC 2015


Exhibitions / Events

LOPEC 2016, the leading European show for organic and printed electronics, will be taking place from 5-7 April in Munich, Germany, where the latest products, technologies and trends in printed electronics will be on display. Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other wearable tech will be among the focal points at this year’s international trade fair, and they will also be on the agenda at the LOPEC conference, where top-class speakers from companies such as Adidas will be in attendance.

 
SmartKem's tru-FLEX is a universal flexible transistor platform for all display types


Products

SmartKem, a developer of semiconductors for the manufacture of flexible displays and electronics with headquarters in Manchester, UK, has reported a new world record in digital circuit performance with its solution-processed organic semiconductor tru-FLEX. Integrated circuits based on organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) have been in development for over 15 years with development scientists working on both the speed and complexity of integrated circuits for a range of electronics applications.

 
Ascent's latest breakthrough in solar cells for space environments weighs 66% less than comparable PV systems (photo by NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)


Products

Ascent Solar Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules with headquarters in Thornton (CO), USA, has announced a major breakthrough in power-to-weight ratio for its superlight solar module. The device delivers over 1700W of power per kilogram, operating at AM0, technically known as the space environment.

 
Heliatek has further increased the efficiency of its OPV multi-junction cell


Companies / Markets

R&D teams of Dresden-based Heliatek GmbH have reached a record conversion efficiency of 13.2% for an OPV multi-junction cell, setting a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity using organic photovoltaic cells. The measurement was independently confirmed by Fraunhofer CSP (centre for silicon photovoltaics) in Halle, Germany.