Green-Light Wavelength-Selective Organic Solar Cell for Greenhouse


Electronics - Power Management
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The development of next-generation greenhouses in agriculture is driving a growing demand for innovative systems that can address both energy and food challenges simultaneously. Currently, agriculture heavily relies on fossil fuels, particularly heavy oil, as its primary energy source, new technologies must be explored to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide.

Ensuring a stable food supply is crucial for increasing self-sufficiency rates, but the installation of traditional silicon solar cells has presented challenges due to shading effects, leading to reduced crop yields. Consequently, the absence of suitable solar cell technology for greenhouses poses critical problems for both power generation and food supply.

Under this situation, green-light wavelength-selective organic solar cells (OSCs) have been developed, whose transmitted blue and red light can be effectively used to promote plant growth. Furthermore, green light can be effectively utilized for power generation and can be used as a source of electricity for greenhouses. Furthermore, this green light can be effectively utilized for power generation and can be used as a source of electricity for greenhouses.

This green-light wavelength-selective OSCs can be installed on the entire roof of greenhouses due to the advantages of light weight, flexible, and large area. This green-light wavelength-selective OSCs can be installed into the entire roof of greenhouses due to the advantages of light weight, flexible, and large area. This technology enables efficient utilization of solar energy for both power generation and agriculture.


The active layer of OSCs consists of an intermixed bulk heterojunction structure of a donor and an acceptor. In the green-light wavelength-selective OSCs, specially tuned the absorption range of both donors and acceptors to be in the green light region at approximately 500–600 nm. This absorption range is complementary to those of chlorophylls a and b, which are essential plant pigments involved in photosynthesis.

The technology owner is seeking collaboration partners from chemical companies, OSC manufacturers, greenhouse manufacturers, and agricultural manufacturers.


This technology can be developed by the joint implementation of chemical companies, OSC manufactures, greenhouse manufactures, and agricultural manufactures. Due to the advantage of transmitted feature, this technology can be also installed on the windows in buildings.

Market Trends & Opportunities

Based on the Report Ocean Co. Ltd, the global market for agricultural greenhouses is projected to reach US $34925 billion in 2030.

Unique Value Proposition

This OSC technology is designed specifically for agrivoltaics in agriculture. It is different from existing agrivoltaic systems and uses green-light wavelength selectivity to maximize crop yields while generating electricity. It has higher transmittance properties compared to traditional silicon solar cells.

Unlike traditional silicon solar cells, this lightweight, and cost-effective OSCs are ideal for greenhouse applications, reducing the need for frequent roof replacement. The single layer material is flexible and can be fabricated up to 50 meter-scale modules

This technology defined with two parameters, the green light wavelength selective factor (SG) and the power conversion efficiency, to quantitatively evaluate the performance of OSCs for agrivoltaics.

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