Dyesol and Corus’ joint BIPV project to commercially manufacture dye solar cells (DSC) on steel, supported by £5 million from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), has entered the next stage. This milestone is the fifth step in achieving the goal of DSC integrated onto strip steel in a coil coating line.
The fifth milestone meeting was held on the 5th August 2009 at the joint PV Accelerator facility, on the Shotton site of Corus, home to the 30-person technology team bringing this BIPV product to market.
The two companies have now progressed to the next phase of production development, which is expected to be completed by May 2010. This coincides with the start of the industrialization phase of the WAG project, which will involve production trials, acceptance testing and placement on demonstration sites.
Dyesol is the only supplier of DSC materials to Corus, who will work with the company to commercialize the products in a global scale. Based on the existing coated steel market of over one billion square metres per annum, the annual addressable market is forecast to be over 200 million square metres of PV product.