DSC solar modules manufactured using Dyesol DSC materials and technology, were supplied by Timo Technology for use on windows showcased at the Human Resource Development Centre of the Seoul City Government in South Korea. Timo Technology is Dyesol Limited’s Korean joint venture partner.
The next generation Dye Solar Cell (DSC) windows installed at Seoul City’s Human Resource Development Centre were manufactured by Eagon Industrial Co. Ltd., a large Korean glass fabrication company specialising in window and door systems.
The DSC modules used in the window systems demonstrates that not only can DSC applications turn buildings into power plants, they also create enormous opportunities for architects to design clean energy generating buildings at the cutting edge of style.
The striking DSC windows employ a glass treatment to create a beautiful geometric pattern while also generating clean, renewable electricity from sunlight.
The Seoul Economic Times reports that the DSC window installation is the first in South Korea and is a beautiful showcase building for DSC technology. Other reporting indicated that Seoul City will expand this initiative, based on the installation’s success through the application of DSC BIPV in other buildings.
Dye Solar Cell technology is a biomimetic nanotechnology that emulates the natural process of photosynthesis. Using a layer of titania, electrolyte and ruthenium dye sandwiched between glass, DSC technology generates electricity when light striking the dye activates electrons, which are absorbed by the titania to become an electric current.
Dyesol-Timo’s testing program in Seoul supports DSC’s superior performance as measured and reported in other locations around the world in real-world solar conditions and non-optimum orientation, confirming the significant potential for DSC technology to be fully integrated into the building fabric including facades and windows.
Dyesol-Timo was formed in 2008 with Timo Technology providing the technology development and manufacturing expertise and Dyesol providing its DSC expertise, materials and equipment solutions to develop products and establish the joint venture’s prototype line.
This DSC showcase project in South Korea is a significant milestone in the pathway to the large-scale commercial application of DSC in the built environment, clearly demonstrating that the technology is poised to make a significant impact on the energy footprint of buildings, where the building fabric becomes an active power generator.