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Title: The future of organic photovoltaic solar cells as a direct power source for consumer electronics
Authors: Lizin, Sebastien
Van Passel, Steven
De Schepper, Ellen
Vranken, Liesbet
Issue Date: 2012
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13591
Link to publication: 10.1016/j.solmat.2012.04.001
ISI #: 000306044300001
ISSN: 0927-0248
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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