DyeTec Solar equipped to begin building BIPV prototype panels

Glass Magazine
August 16, 2011
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : SOLAR

Dyesol Inc., a Delaware corporation with operations in Toledo, Ohio, and California, announced Aug. 11 that it has completed shipping and installing equipment for DyeTec Solar's dye-sensitized solar cell-based building integrated photovoltaics program.

In addition to providing Dyesol's specialized DSC equipment to support DyeTec Solar's product development efforts and meet program goals, Dyesol has relocated staff with DSC expertise into Toledo, according to a company release. Key management and technical resources from Dyesol Inc.'s California office were relocated to Toledo in May and have successfully completed the first phase of the program, enabling DyeTec to begin building prototype panels, according to the release.

DyeTec's Solar's technology utilizes optimized Dye Solar Cell (DSC) materials and Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) glass manufactured by DyeTec' shareholders, and enables downstream suppliers in the glazing and facade market to mass produce high-performing DSC-TCO glass-based products for use in BIPV, BAPV (Building Applied Photovoltaics )and AIPV (Automotive Integrated Photovoltaic's) environments. Initial efforts will result in the development of prototype DSC-based BIPV glass products and related equipment.

"Dyesol is committed to supporting DyeTec Solar and the Ohio Third Frontier Fund by providing equipment, technology and staff. We are focused on bringing together the very best resources to support our partners' and customers' long-term goals in developing DSC-based solutions for the built environment. DSC transforms ordinary glass and metal building products into solar panels, transforming buildings into power plants." said Marc Thomas, Dyesol CEO, in the release.

The BIPV and BAPV marketplace represents the largest opportunity for DSC technology. Commercial and residential buildings consume a significant amount of energy. Of the energy consumed in buildings, 40 percent to 55 percent is in the form of electricity, which can the installation of BIPV products can address. Dyesol's glass-based DSC technology captures and converts the light on all sides of a building into electricity for immediate use within the building, and/or supply of electricity directly into the grid.