Dyesol and Pilkington North America Form Joint BIPV
The collaboration between Dyesol Inc. and Pilkington North America has
resulted in the formation of a new company, DyeTec Solar (DTS). The new
company will be located in Toledo, Ohio, near Pilkington’s corporate research
and development center. The two companies began collaborating earlier
this year (see April 2010 USGlass, page 48, for related story).
The new company will develop and deliver a standard technology platform
(STP) solution for mass manufacture of building integrated photovoltaics
(BIPV) and automotive integrated photovoltaics (AIPV), as well as interior
PV generating glass-based products, powered displays and security devices.
The STP is a configurable manufacturing equipment set and related processes
that are designed to leverage optimized transparent conductive oxide (TCO)
glass and dye solar cell (DSC) materials from Pilkington and Dyesol, respectively,
and enable downstream suppliers in the global glass market to mass manufacture
high-performing DSC-TCO glass-based products.
“It is rare opportunity to participate in a partnership where our corporate
interests are so well aligned and focused,” says Marc Thomas, Dyesol’s
chief executive officer. “DTS will leverage Pilkington and Dyesol’s long
established R&D and manufacturing resources, which represent thousands
of man years of expertise in glass, TCO and DSC.”
According to information from DTS, BIPV represents the single largest
market for DSC and TCO products, followed closely by AIPV. Where
most PV technologies work well while facing the sun, DSC-based products
allow all sides of a building to be electrically productive and capable
of producing power all day, every day, even in less than ideal conditions.
“The unique technologies from the shareholders will allow DTS to develop
new products that truly enable the BIPV market to become a reality, while
providing pull through sales for TCO glass and DSC for the owners,” says
William McCreary, the founding chairman of DTS. “The leadership of
DTS will come from key members of each shareholder, who represent several
hundred years of experience in the specific technologies, as well as commercializing
Build a Second PV Plant in Germany
As part of its solar power growth strategy, Saint-Gobain in France has
announced that its subsidiary, Avancis, will be building a new plant to
produce photovoltaic (PV) modules to cover the roofs of residential, industrial
and commercial buildings as well as solar plants. This industrial site
will be located in Torgau, Germany.
This new plant will be Avancis’ second German facility manufacturing thin-film
CIGS PV panels. The new plant is expected have a production output of
100 MWp/year. The company plans to have the site on-stream by the first
quarter of 2012.
PPG Reports Advances in Solar
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has reported advances in solar mirror
development for concentrated solar power (CSP) applications, including
improvements in solar mirror reflectance performance of up to 1-percent
after heat treatment; production of flat solar mirrors as large as approximately
89 by 126 inches on standard production equipment; and formulation of
a lead-free encapsulant that prevents solar mirrors from degrading and
losing reflectivity in accelerated testing.
These advancements were detailed in a progress report to the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) on a three-phase contract to enhance and commercialize
large-area mirror technology.
PPG said it has developed mirror technology that enables fabricators to
purchase large-area “pre-silvered” mirrors, cut them to desired size and
subject them to heat treatments such as tempering, bending and heat-strengthening.
According to information from the company, this is not possible with conventional
“wet-silver” mirror technology.
Funding from the DOE contract began in 2008 and is expected to continue
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