Dyesol Inc., a global supplier of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) technology with operations in Ohio and California, announced delivery and installation has been completed of its dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) fabrication equipment at the DyeTec Solar joint venture facility in Toledo, Ohio. The equipment will be used to develop prototype DSC-based BIPV glass products and related equipment sets, laying the foundation for future high volume manufacturing capability of glass-based BIPV. Dyesol Inc. also expanded technical and managerial staff with DSC expertise to Ohio. With support from the Ohio Third Frontier Fund, DyeTec Solar is a joint venture that will develop technology for mass manufacture of glass-based BIPV, building-applied photovoltaics (BAPV) and automotive-integrated photovoltaic (AIPV) products.
“Dyesol is committed to supporting DyeTec Solar and the Ohio Third Frontier Fund by providing equipment, technology and staff,” said Marc Thomas, CEO of Dyesol Inc. “We are focused on bringing together the very best resources to support our partners’ and customers’ long term goals in developing DSC-based solutions for the built environment. DSC transforms ordinary glass and metal building products into solar panels, transforming buildings into power plants.”
DyeTec’s Solar’s technology utilizes optimized third-generation solar technology consisting of DSC materials and transparent conductive oxide (TCO) glass, manufactured by DyeTec joint venture participants. It enables downstream suppliers in the glazing and façade market to mass produce high-performing glass products integrated with DSC and TCO for use in BIPV, BAPV and AIPV applications.
“Bringing together Dyesol’s leading DSC expertise with our industry leading partners’ glass processing technology and resources provides DyeTec Solar with a significant head start in its development of DSC-based BIPV products,” commented Richard Caldwell, Executive Chairman of Dyesol Limited. “Dyesol’s partnerships with top-tier metal and glass product manufacturers have opened up a significant market opportunity for solar energy-producing glass and metal-based products, all enabled by Dyesol’s DSC materials and technology.”
BIPV and BAPV represent the largest market opportunity for DSC technology in buildings, in which more than half of energy needs are typically met by electricity. Dyesol’s glass-based DSC technology is ideally suited to capture and convert the light on all sides of a building and convert it for immediate use within the building and/or direct supply into the grid.