In February 2008, field testing of Konarka’s Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) ‘Power Plastic’ bonded to SKYShades’ tensioned membrane structures officially commenced in the USA at sites in Florida and Massachusetts.
This testing program has been implemented to assess the commercialization of OPV technology bonded to SKYShades’ PVC canopies, and will be appraised in three stages:
The results of this testing are expected to be released by mid-summer (Northern Hemisphere) of this year.
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SKYShades Executive Vice President Joe Mckenna (2nd from right) discussing the testing requirements with Konarka's President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Hess (right) while SKYShades President Barry Maranta (3rd from left) monitors the application of the OPV Power Plastic to the umbrella.
Joe McKenna SKYShades Executive Vice President on left and Barry Maranta President SKYShades (4th from left) explain to Lake Highlands College Principal, Staff and selected students how the Power Plastic is applied to SKYShades umbrellas.