Dyesol was honoured to take Prime Minister Julia Gillard on a tour of its commercial headquarters, laboratory and engineering facilities on 20 October 2011.
The prime minister visited Dyesol in Queanbeyan, NSW to learn more about its innovative solar energy technology: dye solar cells (DSC). DSC is a cutting edge third generation solar technology set to drive forward substantial changes in the application of solar energy especially in building integrated photovoltaics.
DSC utilises nanotechnology to mimic the process of photosynthesis, creating electricity directly from light.
Dyesol has partnered with a number of pioneering industrial companies such as Tata, manufacturers of steel roofing materials, and Pilkington North America, innovators in the glass sector to further the commercialisation of the game changing DSC technology worldwide.
The Prime Minister met 50 Dyesol scientists, engineers and support staff, including Director and Joint Founder, Sylvia Tulloch who explained the DSC technology and its implications for the solar industry.
Mrs Tulloch explained “By replacing conventional building facades or steel roofing sheets, with building materials that have Dyesol’s dye solar cell technology imbedded into their very fabric, without the need to fit conventional solar panels at additional cost, we see exciting opportunities for cost-savings and large-scale integration.”
Mrs Tulloch added “Compared to conventional silicon based photovoltaic technology, Dyesol’s technology has several advantages including lower cost and energy required for manufacture, plus it produces electricity in a range of light conditions from dawn to dusk and even under artificial light.
"It will produce energy at any angle or even in shade and can be directly incorporated into any part of a building, wall, floor or roof.” she finished.