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Dyesol announced that its biomimetic Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DCS) has been doing exceedingly well in external performance testing, leading the company to begin plans for the next phase of the technology’s commercial development.
Newport Corporation’s Technology and Application Centre’s PV (TAC-PV) Laboratory tested Dyesol’s DSC strip cell active area at 7.48% efficiency at one-third sun, a typical lower light, real-world condition. After performance was confirmed, Dyesol acknowledged that with its initial proof-of-concept phase reaching completion, it was time for its Ohio-based joint venture, DyeTec Solar, to relocate and expand its workshop in order to allow the company to enter the testing-validation and prototype development phase. This will be the last phase before the venture anticipates beginning product development of a DSC enabled glass building façade product for commercial demonstration.
Ohio Third Frontier’s continued funding allows the company’s to continue testing validation and prototype development phase to take between 12 and 18 months. This period will see the DyeTec Solar team focus on material evaluation, design, finalization of low cost manufacturing procedures and production of a limited number of the façade product.
“Dyesol scientists have been achieving very high low-light conversion efficiency performance for some time now, but getting third-party, external validation that our DSC ‘strip cells’ are achieving performance levels nearing seven and a half per cent in low light reinforces the extraordinary commercial potential of DSC as a green value-add technology,” Dyesol executive chairman Richard Caldwell stated.