Konarka builds power plastic that converts light to energy – anywhere. The company develops and manufactures light-activated power plastic that is inexpensive, lightweight, flexible and versatile. This material makes it possible for devices, systems and structures to have their own low cost embedded sources of renewable power. By integrating energy generation functionality into everyday devices, Konarka allows manufacturers to offer truly wireless applications.
Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical team, including two Nobel Laureates and the world leaders in semiconducting polymers. In 2004, Konarka built its initial manufacturing line, expanded its global presence, cultivated its customer base and enhanced the value of its intellectual property. Konarka has business operations, R&D and manufacturing located in the United States, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Konarka is considered a worldwide leader in a new generation of photovoltaics and has an intellectual property portfolio with more than 200 global patents and patent applications covering chemistry, architecture, processes and devices utilizing the material. With a world-class technical team including two Nobel Laureates, a broad investor group and partnerships with global leaders in this space, Konarka is a leading clean technology company.
Konarka's impressive record of research awards is testament to the strength of its technical team. Since 2001, the company has been awarded research contracts in the United States and Europe. The awards have come from the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Science Foundation, California Energy Commission, European Commission, Research Centre Julich, and Energy Systems of Tomorrow. These research activities include developing lightweight, wearable solar cells, photovoltaic fabrics, printed roofing materials, and flexible products and packaging.