Limited’s game-changing biomimetic Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSC) technology has excelled in external performance testing, taking it through to the next phase of commercial development of DSC powered devices.
Newport Corporation’s Technology & Applications Center’s Photovoltaic (TAC-PV) Laboratory has tested Dyesol's next generation DSC ‘strip cell’ active area at 7.48% efficiency at one-third Sun - typical lower-light, real-world light conditions.
The TAC-PV Lab is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to ISO/IEC 17025, American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standard E948, IEC 60904-3 ed. 2 and ASTM E1021.
Following the performance testing and with the initial proof-of-concept phase nearing completion, Dyesol Inc.’s joint venture operation in Ohio, USA, DyeTec Solar will enter the testing-validation and prototype development phase, which will confirm product performance in building integrated applications.
This is the final phase before the venture expects to commence product development of a DSC enabled glass building façade product for commercial demonstration. With continued Ohio Third Frontier funding, the testing-validation and prototype development phase is expected to take 12 to 18 months, during which time the DyeTec Solar team will focus on material evaluation, design, low cost manufacturing procedures and production of a limited quantity of façade product.
Dyesol Executive Chairman Mr Richard Caldwell observed that the third-party, external validation of their DSC ‘strip cells’ reinforces the extraordinary commercial potential of DSC as a green value-add technology.
According to Mr Marc Thomas, the head of Dyesol’s American subsidiary, Dyesol Inc., leveraging DyeTec Solar’s process and design technology for high performing large area devices and Dyesol's next generation high performance DSC material set will allow the joint venture to establish a strong and competitive position in the emerging, billion dollar plus building integrated photovoltaics market.
Dye Sensitized Solar Cell technology is a third generation photovoltaic technology that differs substantially from first generation silicon solar cells and second generation thin film technologies, with the use of discrete layers of materials that amount to a thickness around 50 to 100 times thinner than the human hair.
Key advantages of Dye Sensitized Solar Cell technology include the use of non-toxic, widely-available raw materials, lower energy and lower cost manufacturing processes, and excellent performance in real-world, lower-light solar conditions. DSC additionally offers a range of aesthetic options including variations in coloration and transparency, which offer beautiful solutions for power generating glass in the building integrated photovoltaics sector.