Dyesol, a major thin-film OPV firm, is currently in the planning phases of the commercialization of its solid-state DSC technology based around perovskite-based thin films, according to recent reports.
According to Dyesol, the prototype and pilot line phases of planning are currently expected to be completed by 2016 and 2017. With — in the ideal progression of events — mass-production beginning by the year 2018.
The company’s research partner, EPFL, has reportedly already begun the initial reliability testing (1,000 hrs of light+thermal soaking at 75C) of a new cell design — with “no” degradation of performance or material-integrity. The conversion-efficiencies of the cells tested are currently unknown/undisclosed.
Referring to the results as “encouraging,” the company has already begun preliminary engagements with Cristal Global — a prominent Saudi chemicals company.
According to Dyesol, the collaboration would be focused on the development of inorganic, mesoporous zirconia nanoparticle material — owing to the material’s relatively low cost and to its stability.
Dyesol has previously made the claim that internal bill of material assessments have placed the costs of materials as low as $2 per meter squared — as compared to its liquid DSC materials assessments of around $25–35 per meter squared.
In addition to the recent news about the DSC technology, a previous commercial development deal between Tata Steel UK and Dyesol has been resurrected, reportedly. This deal is for the provision of OPV-laminates on steel roofing structures. The new deal sees Dyesol gain and possess the right to distribute products under development to the customer base of Tata Steel UK — throughout the UK and Europe.
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