Photovoltaic and Energy Applications
Climate changes and high energy-prices open new growth markets for renewable energy sources. Photovoltaics play a key role here, making it possible to use solar energy efficiently. The most important technologies include crystalline silicon cells, thin-film solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells and organic photovoltaic cells. Based on the characteristics of each technology, different applications enable the harvesting of solar energy under various different light conditions targeting the best possible conversion rates at lowest manufacturing cost. Merck supports this development and provides innovative, user-friendly materials and formulae for today's and the next-generation solar cells.