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Check for new reports issued since this report was publishedDye sensitized cells (DSC) were once little more than a curiosity, positioned at the edge of the organic photovoltaics space. However, recent developments suggest that this approach to photovoltaics is rapidly commercializing; offering a potential low-cost technology solution for BIPV and mobile PV applications.
Much of the new bullishness surrounding DSC has been enabled by recent materials-related innovations. These innovations new transparent electrolytes, replacing platinum electrodes with less costly electrodes using carbon and cobalt, and re-thinking the DSC cell architecture.
More companies are also into the DSC and as a result, NanoMarkets believes the time has come for this industry analysis report that focuses exclusively on the DSC space. In addition to analyzing the opportunities for this technology in the BIPV and mobile PV space, this report appraises the strategies of the main firms active in this space. As with all NanoMarkets reports, it also provides an eight-year forecast for the DSC sector by volume and value of shipments.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive SummaryE.1 DSC in the Competitive PV MarketplaceE.2 DSC Industry Developments Since Last YearE.2.1 Better Prospects for PV?E.2.2 DSC Gains in Credibility, Sales and Big Company SupportE.2.3 . . . and Better Technology, TooE.3 Emerging Markets and Niches for DSCE.3.1 The Need to Shift Beyond Solar ChargersE.3.2 Hope in BIPVE.3.3 Future Applications for DSCE.4 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts for DSCChapter One: Introduction1.1 Background to this Report1.1.1 Just How Good is DSC?1.1.2 DSC as Budding Industry1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report1.3 Methodology of this Report1.4 Plan of this ReportChapter Two: DSC Materials: Strategies and Opportunities2.1 Trends in Performance Claims and Measures2.2 DSC Performance2.2.1 Low-Light Efficiency2.3 Developments in DSC Materials2.3.1 DSC Dyes2.3.2 DSC Electrolytes2.3.3 Developments in DSC Host/Catalyst Materials2.3.4 Developments in DSC Catalyst Materials2.3.5 DSC Electrode Materials: Cost Reduction Strategies2.3.6 DSC Encapsulation Materials2.4 DSC and Printing2.5 Analysis of Current and Future Strategies of Materials Firms in the DSC Sector2.5.1 BASF (Germany)2.5.2 Dyesol (Australia)2.5.3 Everlight Chemical (Taiwan)2.5.4 Merck (Germany)2.5.5 Peccell (Japan)2.5.6 Showa Denko (Japan)2.5.7 SolarPrint (Ireland)2.5.8 Solaronix (Switzerland)2.6 Key Points Made in this ChapterChapter Three: DSC Modules: Strategies and Opportunities3.1 Innovations in Cell Architectures3.1.1 Tandem Cells3.2 Analysis of Current and Future Strategies of Modules Firms and Others in the DSC Sector3.2.1 3GSolar (Israel)3.2.2 Acrosol (Korea)3.2.3 ERG Renew (Italy)3.3.4 Fujikura (Japan)3.3.5 G24 Innovations (U.K.)3.3.6 Nissha Printing (Japan)3.3.7 NLAB Solar (Sweden)3.3.8 Oxford Photovoltaics (U.K.)3.3.9 Sony (Japan)3.3.10 Timo Technology and Dyesol-Timo (Korea)3.3.11 Toyota and Aisin Seiki (Japan)3.3 Key Points Made in this ChapterChapter Four: DSC Markets and Forecasts4.1 Forecasting Methodology4.1.1 Differences from Previous NanoMarkets Forecasts4.2 Off-Grid Applications for DSC4.2.1 Beyond the Solar Calculator4.2.2 Battery Charging and Portable Electronics4.2.3 PV Anywhere: PV Textiles, Clothing, and Tarps4.2.4 Other Off-Grid Applications for DSC: Energy Harvesting, Sensors and Signs4.2.5 Some Notes on DSC Markets in Lesser Developed Nations4.2.6 Eight-Year Forecasts of Off-Grid DSC Markets4.3 On-Grid Applications for DSC4.3.1 Utilities and Conventional Panels4.3.2 BIPV, Architecture, and DSC4.3.3 Eight-Year Forecasts of Off-Grid DSC Markets4.4 Eight-Year Forecasts of DSC Materials4.5 Summary of NanoMarkets' Eight-Year Projections for DSCAcronyms and Abbreviations Used In this ReportAbout the AuthorsList of Exhibits
Exhibit E-1: Selected DSC Research Centers
Exhibit E-2: Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of DSC Revenues ($ Millions)
Exhibit 2-1: Champion OPV Cell Efficiencies
Exhibit 4-1: DSC Revenues for Off-Grid Applications
Exhibit 4-2: DSC Revenues for Grid-Connected Applications
Exhibit 4-3: DSC Materials Costs ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-4: DSC Market Development
Exhibit 4-5: Summary of DSC Related Materials ($ Millions)