Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dyesol's Dye Solar Cell (Emerging Solar Technology)

Dyesol’s technology is based on Dye Solar Cell (DSC), which has been identified in the Japanese and EU Photovoltaic Roadmaps as the emerging solar technology, it has also been called the most promising advance in solar cell technology since the invention of the silicon cell.

DSC technology can best be described as “artificial photosynthesis” using an electrolyte, a layer of titania (a pigment used in white paints and tooth paste) and ruthenium dye sandwiched between glass. Light striking the dye excites electrons which are absorbed by the titania to become an electric current many times stronger than that found in natural photosynthesis in plants.

Compared to conventional silicon-based photovoltaic technology, Dyesol’s technology has lower cost and embodied energy in manufacture, it produces electricity more efficiently
even in low light conditions and can be directly incorporated into buildings or structures by replacing conventional glass panels rather than taking up roof or extra land area.
I think this is a brilliant product. It's about time we started develop energy generating building skins... it uses less net material and integrates our best thinking.

7 comments:

Guinea Pig said...

How does it replace conventional glass panels? That makes no sense?

Anonymous said...

It makes perfect sense. In most cases to date, solar panels are separate, or added on, in this case, they are saying it can be used just like conventional window glass. Think of it like this, instead of sticking solar collectors on your roof, every window is now a solar collector.

Home Solar Energy said...

Could be ideal for any new towerblocks, providing it`s suitably safe. A city office block with 100 or so floor of solar glass would be a good electrical generator. Cost would be big factor as efficiency would be lower.

Anonymous said...

if you can see through it that is.

Impala said...

Does anyone know of a recent independent review freely avaiable fo this kind of technology? There are substitute technologies avaiable, eg thin film. It would be good to get soem expert advice on whether Dyesol is going to make it commercially.

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