PowerFilm was founded in 1988 by Dr. Frank Jeffrey and Dr. Derrick Grimmer, former 3M research physicists with a combined 65 years of experience in semiconductor and solar energy research and development.
PowerFilm, Inc. is a leading global developer and manufacturer of thin-film solar products and modules. The company utilizes a unique and proprietary technology platform, enabling the production of low-cost solar modules on a high volume basis. PowerFilm is positioned for growth through strategic partnerships and identification of complete solar solution opportunities that are carried to market through partners existing branding and distribution channels.
Thin, Flexible Solar Panels
Since 1988 PowerFilm has focused on developing thin-film solar module technology through an industrial scale manufacturing process. Elements of the company’s low-cost technology and manufacturing process include the use of:
-A durable, flexible plastic substrate
-Roll-to-roll manufacturing to minimize handling costs
-Amorphous silicon to avoid dependence on the silicon wafer market
-Printed interconnection to automate the cell connection process
PowerFilm remains in a strong position within the rapidly changing thin-film solar industry, continuing to acquire new partners and expand production capacity as the competitive landscape weakens.
Thin Film Electronics for Next Generation Flat Panel Displays
In addition to its solar module products, PowerFilm has sought to leverage its core roll-to-roll manufacturing competence to develop additional thin-film semiconductor devices through its majority owned subsidiary Phicot.
The company works in partnership with other technology companies to develop flexible, low-cost backplane drivers for next generation flat panel displays. While still in the research and development phase, it may enable the company to play a significant role in the future market for flat panel display technology.