Queanbeyan, Australia [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Steel company Corus, dye solar cell manufacturer Dyesol, and the Welsh Assembly government have agreed on a funding deal designed to further the development of dye solar cell technology on steel for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) applications.
Corus and Dyesol have been working closely for the past two years and in January completed a detailed feasibility study that revealed extended product lives, lower material costs and steadily increasing efficiency gains from the technology, which could make it suitable for large surface area applications on a range of building types.
When commercialized, dye solar cell technology on steel for BIPV applications may become significantly more cost effective than other competing PV technologies and achieve high market capture, the companies say. Funding has been secured from the Welsh Assembly government allowing the next stage of prototyping and development to be undertaken. A new facility, based in North Wales, will become the home of Corus and Dyesol scientists and engineers jointly engaged on the development.