The world leader in the commercialisation of Dye Solar Cell (DSC) technology, Dyesol has achieved a game-changing technical breakthrough by achieving a solid-state DSC efficiency of 11.3% at full sun.
Dyesol, through the work of its scientist Dr Peng Qin, based at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has achieved solid-state DSC laboratory efficiency of 11.3%, and is also confident of achieving industrial efficiencies greater than 10% because of the added simplicity of working with solid-state systems.
At this level of module performance the DSC technology will be grid competitive, the benchmark for renewable energy technologies. Earlier in 2010, solid-state DSC performance was at a mere 5%, significantly lagging behind the performance of liquid based systems.
This breakthrough comes at a point when the technology transitions from liquid-based to solid-state systems to meet the demands of product life and mass manufacture. The variation in technology, known as mesoscopic solar cells, meets the technical challenges of mass manufacturing Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products and will allow Dyesol and its multinational commercialisation partners to confidently address the multi-billion dollar global market.
This achievement is particularly important in solar markets where light conditions are sub-optimal, such as Europe, North America and North-East Asia, where Dyesol technology has a considerable advantage over 1st and 2nd generation photovoltaic technologies.
According to Chairman Richard Caldwell, the latest achievement represents a quantum leap for Dyesol and its commercialisation partners as they look forward to a rapid transition from the laboratory to the production line.
Working closely with R&D partner EPFL, Dyesol is confident of announcing further improvements in solid-state performance in the near term.