AUSTRALIAN dye solar cell firm Dyesol says its re-engineered solid-state stripcells have achieved a record industrial performance of 9% efficiency.
The technical milestone was achieved in early April, and Dyesol says it’s an important step in the process of scaling up its solid-state dye solar cell technology.
The strip cells and tiles, which use a new material in their construction, were manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Queanbeyan, under the supervision of Dr Damion Milliken.
Dyesol expects to see further increases in industrial efficiency as processes and materials are optimised in the lab, but is aware of the need to translate results from the laboratory to the factory. It will need to be able to control the cost and reproducibility of the technology.
The firm believes 12+% industrial efficiency is achievable within the business plan based on the performance of available materials and the current trajectory of progress.
According to Dyesol, the ultimate goal is the large-scale production of its solid state dye solar cells. Its the current business and technology development plans remain on track and within budget.
Other Dyesol technology developments include promising results and invention in the area of blocking layers and high stability hole transport materials, as well as significant progress on an improved understanding of industrial deposition techniques and high speed throughput.
Dyesol has also reported that it is negotiating with a “large Australian materials company” which could lead to the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Australia to create dye solar cells for both the local market and Asian export.