Dyesol and the National Institute for Materials Science Japan launched a joint collaboration agreement for a 3-year program, the objective of which is to deliver the next generation of highly efficient dye solar cell (DSC) materials and technology that will feed into Dyesol’s commercial partner projects.
(November 26, 2010) — Dyesol (ASX: DYE) and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Japan, launched a joint collaboration agreement for a 3-year program, the objective of which is to deliver the next generation of highly efficient dye solar cell (DSC, also known as dye-sensitized solar cell, or DSSC) materials and technology that will feed directly into Dyesol’s commercial partner projects, including Tata Steel Europe & Pilkington North America — partners addressing the US$400 Billion per annum building envelope market.
The work will be undertaken at the NIMS research facility in Tsukuba (near Tokyo) and will be directed by Dr. Liyuan Han of NIMS and Dyesol’s Dr. Gavin Tulloch. Dr. Han, former principle researcher (1993-2008) of the Advanced Energy Laboratories, Sharp Corporation, Japan, holds the certified world record for DSC efficiency of 11.1%.
Dr. Tulloch, director of technology, Dyesol, expects the materials research endeavor to extend the boundaries of DSC efficiencies through a “concerted effort in materials development.” This project will “extend the boundaries beyond the efficiency levels achievable with thin film PV devices based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) or cadmium telluride (CdTe). In contrast to these technologies, DSC does not rely on significant quantities of toxic materials (such as cadmium) or rare materials (such as indium, gallium, tellurium) and offers the shortest energy payback rates because DSC uses significantly less energy in manufacture, can operate in any light conditions and because DSC emulates photosynthesis, so it works all day every day,” Dr. Tulloch stated.
Dyesol manufactures and supplies a range of dye solar cell products comprising equipment, chemicals, materials, components and related services to researchers and manufacturers of DSC. More detail about the company and the technology can be found at: http://www.dyesol.com. Also read: Dyesol and CSIRO collaborate on high-performance DSC dye
NIMS specialises in carrying out research concerning materials. More information about NIMS can be found at http://www.nims.go.jp/eng/