Title
The future of organic photovoltaic solar cells as a direct power source for consumer electronics The future of organic photovoltaic solar cells as a direct power source for consumer electronics
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Solar energy materials and solar cells. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
103(2012) , p. 1-10
ISSN
0927-0248
ISI
000306044300001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
As the search for marketable photovoltaic solar cells continues, organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells have been identified as a technology with many attractive features for commercialization. Most photovoltaic technologies on the market today were improved in the consumer electronics market segment. A similar evolution has been envisioned for OPV. Hence this paper investigates consumer preferences for solar cells directly powering consumer electronics. Choice experiments were designed and responses were collected using a random sample of 300 individuals from the Flemish region (northern part of Belgium). Results allow for computation of attribute importance, willingness to pay (WTP), and simulation of theoretical market share. These measures point towards OPV being able to reach considerable market share in the long run, bearing in mind that efforts are first needed in elevating OPV's efficiency and lifetime as they most determine consumers' preferences. Price is found to be the least important product characteristic for OPV solar cells to be incorporated in consumer electronics devices. We therefore warn against generalizing attributes' importance across the boundaries of market segments. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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