Printed and Flexible Photovoltaic Films as Harvesting Source for Powering Electronics
Printed electronics promises to bring electronic functionalities on any substrate through deposition techniques borrowed from graphic arts. This is the frame work in which operates Ribes Tech, an Italian company devoted to printed organic photovoltaic manufacture. The outstanding process flexibility offer ed by printing me thods provides printed devices with new features for electronics , such as lightweight, flexibility ,colour, and shapes customization. These unique properties are of particular interest when they translate into enabling factors to implement electronics applications that standard techniques fail to address For this reason, it is in the frontier applications that printed electronics result s of the m ost interest , and s mart a griculture is definitely a prospect h igh volu me market. In this talk we would like to introduce Rib es Tec h to the audience the compa ny , the production process and market perspectives and share some considerations on the role that printed photovoltaics can play in smart agriculture as an alternative power source to batteries and other harvesting methods.