Dyesol and Pilkington North America have strengthened their collaboration with the formation of DyeTec Solar (DTS). The new venture, to be located near PNA’s R&D center near Toledo, OH, will develop and deliver the standard technology system (STP) for production of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), automotive-integrated PV (AIPV), interior PV-generating glass-based products, and other devices.
The two companies signed a joint-venture memorandum of understanding in March announcing their intention to work together.
The STP is a configurable manufacturing equipment set and related processes designed to leverage optimized transparent conductive oxides from PNA (owned by NSG Group) and dye-sensitized solar-cell materials from Dyesol and facilitates the mass manufacturing of DSSC-TCO-based glass products by downstream suppliers, according to the partners.
BIPV and AIPV represent the largest markets for DSSC and TCO products. DTS will collaborate and assist companies globally, including existing customers and routes to market, to capture a significant share of the nearly 50 million tons of flat glass produced annually, of which 90% is used in buildings.
“It is rare opportunity to participate in a partnership where our corporate interests are so well-aligned and focused,” said Dyesol CEO Marc Thomas. “DTS will leverage PNA and Dyesol’s long-established R&D and manufacturing resources which represent thousands of man-years of expertise in glass, TCO, and DSC.”
“The unique technologies from the shareholders will allow DTS to develop new products that truly enable the BIPV market to become a reality, while providing pull through sales for TCO glass and DSC for the owners,” said Wiliam McCreary, founding chairman of the new company. “The leadership of DTS will come from key members of each shareholder, who represent several hundred years of experience in the specific technologies, as well as commercialising entrepreneurial start-ups.”