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The “Energy of Youth” winner presented his innovations on International Investment Forum

The “Energy of Youth” winner, Dmitry Lopatin, presented his innovations on XIV International Investment Forum “Sochi-2015”. His projects- flexible solar panels and wireless charger – were displayed at Innovation stand of the Krasnodar region.

As a recall, the “Energy of Youth” program is held by the “Global Energy”, Non-profit Partnership since 2004. Its winners annually receive RUB 1 million for the continuation of their research. Dmitry Lopatin won the grant in 2012. This fact allowed him to achieve significant success in the project on flexible solar panels.

Nowadays his research arouses interest not just in Russia, but all around the world. He has got cooperation proposals from the US, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Taiwan, France, South Africa, Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso and Peru.

According to Lopatin, the most interesting proposal for him is coming from the National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi, India). There will be a laboratory for the production and research of flexible solar panels.

Talking about his achievements, Dmitry underlines that he is ready to begin a small-scale production of solar batteries. Now he is working on his own laboratory unit, and makes a semi-industrial production line. Its daily production capacity is 20-30 square meters of solar panels.

It is noteworthy that his technology allows flexible solar cells to work efficiently even in the slanting sunlight. “Today the market is flooded with silicon solar cells, and China is a leader. We have developed a fundamentally different technology - printing solar cells on the basis of pervoskite -a fairly rare organometallic element. The closest analogue of our device is perhaps the inkjet printer. Fiberglass or plastic is being placed in it and several layers of battery are being sprayed on them afterwards.”

These solar panels can be used for 6-8 years. This is a significant period of time. For comparison, the lifetime of solar panels produced by the same technology in England is just 2 months. Another huge advantage is the production cost: one square meter has a price of 10-12 dollars. This is more than 10 times cheaper than the market price.

Thus, Dmitry Lopatin’s research not only contributes to the innovative way of energy development, but also has great economic potential.

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