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Solar cells made with plastic are cheaper to manufacture, but the technology is still seeking out niche applications, such as gadget-charging bags and solar windows.
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Konarka Technologies' flexible solar panels find their way onto backpacks in Europe and shade structures in Middle East and North Africa.
Solar company Konarka has signed a deal with window maker Arch to put its transparent solar cells between planes of glass for power-generating windows.
Energy Department grants go to solar companies targeting more cost-effective solar-power generation and advanced materials.
Oil giant Total invests $45 million plastic solar cell company Konarka, while DARPA funds a project to make jet fuel from algae for military planes.
Konarka makes progress on its plans to print solar cells onto plastics, with initial products set for release later this year.
Konarka, which specializes in plastics that convert light into electricity, has raised $20 million in its latest round of venture funding.
Konarka Technologies, an organic-photovoltaic cell maker, is partnering to deliver its flexible solar films for buildings, consumer products next year.
Arno Penzias, who won a Nobel Prize for physics, is now a scientific adviser to Konarka.