The collaboration between Dyesol Inc and Pilkington North America has resulted in the formation of a new company, DyeTec Solar (DTS) to mass produce Building Integrated Photovoltaics.
The new company plans to develop a solution using existing technology processes for the mass production of BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics), AIPV (Automotive Integrated Photovoltaics), as well as interior PV generating glass based products, powered displays and security devices.
DyeTec Solar will assist companies globally, to capture a significant share of the nearly 50 million tons of flat glass produced annually, of which 90% is used in buildings. Where most photovoltaic 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. BIPV represents the single largest market for dye solar cell and Transparent Conductive Oxide products, followed closely by Automotive Integrated Photovoltaics.
William McCreary, the founding chairman of DyeTec Solar states, "The unique technologies from the shareholders will allow DTS to develop new products that truly enable the BIPV market to become a reality."
There are many players in the BIPVs world. According to recent reports, Pythagoras Solar by the end of the year plans to sell skylights that double as solar panels. In June 2009, SRS Energy and US Tile announced they were partnering to develop Solé Power Tile, a line of solar panels that resemble Mediterranean-style clay roof tiles. Arch Aluminum & Glass and Konarka announced an agreement last year that the two would develop plastic solar cells in building materials, including windows. In 2008 HelioVolt announced development of CIGS thin-film solar cells that can integrate with non-weight-bearing facades from Architectural Glass & Aluminum that could be attached to the sides of buildings.