Australian clean-tech company and Dye Solar Cell industry leader, Dyesol Limited announced its solar-enabling technology has exceeded a key international photovoltaic industry standard test for long-term durability by 400 per cent.
- This result is related to the liquid-based dye solar cell (DSC)
Speaking at the European Materials Research Society Conference in Strasbourg, France, Dyesol Chief Scientist, Dr Hans Desilvestro, explained that the “gold-standard” of novel photovoltaic device development is certification by an international standard such as IEC 61646, where one of the harsher tests requires product stability at a constant temperature of 85°C for over 1000 hours.
Dr Desilvestro announced: “Dyesol has tested its industrially scalable Dye Solar Cell materials and the material set maintained over 90% of initial performance after an extremely stressful test of 5000 hours at a constant temperature of 85°C.”
“Our Dye Solar Cell technology has exceeded the time required under one of the most stringent IEC durability tests by 400 per cent!”
The present announcement relates to the liquid-based DSC system and the Company is also moving forward with similar evaluations for the solid state DSC system. Dyesol and its R&D collaboration partners will continue to develop liquid-based and solid-state technologies in parallel to suit applications most relevant to their specific attributes.
Dye Solar Cell technology is a third generation photovoltaic and nanotechnology which is printed onto glass, metal or plastic substrates in a series of very thin layers – many times thinner than a human hair. The technology can be transparent or opaque, and a number of colour options are possible. On glass, Dye Solar Cell technology can appear like a modern stained glass window – the value-add being it produces clean energy right at the point of consumption.
Key markets for Dye Solar Cell technology include: Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), consumer electronics, and remote sensors.