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REPORT # Nano-531 PUBLISHED April 22, 2012
Dye Sensitized Cell Markets – 2012
  • Renewable Energy

    The purpose of this report is to examine the opportunities and challenges for DSC over the next eight years. Specifically, this report provides a market analysis of recent developments in DSC PV.
    In the report, we examine the latest products, strategies and technical developments of the industry.  We identify how performance improvements are likely to help grow addressable markets for DSC, and where these new markets are to be found.  Specifically, we examine the potential for DSC in the BIPV sector and how DSC is likely to do in a world in which solar energy is not the hot topic that it was a few years ago.

    The report also appraises the commercial significance of the developments that have taken place with DSC over the past year; for example, attempts to reduce the cost of dyes and electrodes and various breakthroughs in cell size and/or cell efficiency.  In addition, it also includes NanoMarkets’ assessments of the strategies of leading firms active in the DSC space.  And, as always with NanoMarkets reports, this report also contains granular, eight-year forecasts of DSC panel and materials shipments in volume and value terms, broken down by application wherever possible.

    Materials covered include the critical components of the cells and modules; host, dye, and electrolyte materials; transparent and nontransparent electrode materials; and encapsulation materials. To construct the materials forecasts, we focus on the DSC PV modules only; we define “module” as the unit of self-contained PV devices, consisting of one or more cells. Thus, materials used to construct auxiliary articles involved in integration of the PV modules into products are excluded from the analysis.

    The DSC device markets are considered in light of the various applications they are targeted toward, which include conventional panels and BIPV (including BAPV), solar chargers, and powered bags, umbrellas, and tents.


    Executive Summary
    E.1 How Things Have Changed in the DSC World Since Our Last Report
    E.1.1 Breakthroughs in Efficiency – When 18 Percent is Just as Good as 26 Percent
    E.1.2 The Effect of a PV Industry in Crisis
    E.2 When Will DSC Move Beyond its Development Phase?
    E.2.1 Can Scale-Up Timelines for BIPV Be Met?
    E.2.2 Lifetime and Encapsulation:  The Next Big Hurdle
    E.2.3 The Importance of Solid-State Electrolytes to the Long-Term Success of DSC
    E.3 Could DSC Be A Potential Revenue Generator for Large Materials Companies?
    E.4 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts for DSC

    Chapter One:  Introduction to the Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Market
    1.1 The Coming of Age of the DSC Market
    1.1.1 A Market in Early Commercialization
    1.1.2 The Performance of DSC PV Continues to Improve
    1.1.3 DSC and the PV Industry Crisis
    1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
    1.3 Methodology of this Report
    1.4 Plan of This Report

    Chapter Two:  DSC Market Evolution
    2.1 DSC Performance
    2.1.1 Analysis of DSC Performance Improvements in the Past Year
    2.1.3 NanoMarkets’ Expectations for Near-Term Commercialization of DSC
    2.2 Market Niches and Prospects for DSC in the Next Two to Five Years
    2.2.1 DSC and the Crisis in the PV industry
    2.2.2 DSC and the Solar Charger Market: An Opportunity for Revenue Generation or a Place to Start?
    2.2.3 DSC as a Platform for BIPV: A Roadmap
    2.2.4 Can DSC Compete in the Mainstream PV Market?
    2.3 Futuristic Applications for DSC:  Energy Harvesting, Smart Clothing, Sensors, etc.  Hype or Hope?
    2.4 Key Points Made in this Chapter

    Chapter Three:  DSC Products and Market Strategies
    3.1 Developments in DSC Materials in the Past Year and Likely Future Evolution
    3.1.1 Dyes:  Beyond Ruthenium?
    3.1.2 Electrolyte Opportunities
    3.1.3 Expectations for Improved Encapsulation
    3.1.4 Cost Reduction Strategies for DSC Transparent Electrodes
    3.2 Pure-Play DSC Product/Market Strategies
    3.2.1 3GSolar (Israel)
    3.2.2 Dyesol (Australia) and its Subsidiaries and Alliances
    3.2.3 Fujikura (Japan)
    3.3.4 G24 Innovations (UK)
    3.2.5 NLAB Solar (Sweden)
    3.2.6 Oxford Photovoltaics (UK)
    3.2.7 Peccell (Japan)
    3.2.8 Solaronix (Switzerland)
    3.2.9 SolarPrint (Ireland)
    3.3. Large Specialty Chemical Company Strategies in the DSC Space
    3.3.1 BASF (Germany)
    3.3.2 Everlight Chemical (Taiwan)
    3.3.3 Merck (Germany) / EMD (US)
    3.4 Key Points Made in This Chapter

    Chapter Four: DSC Markets and Forecasts
    4.1 Forecasting Methodology
    4.1.1 Data Sources
    4.1.2 Scope of the Forecast
    4.1.3 Differences from Previous NanoMarkets DSC Forecasts
    4.2 Eight-Year Forecasts of Off-Grid DSC Markets
    4.3 Eight-Year Forecasts of Grid-Connected DSC Markets
    4.4 Eight-Year Forecasts of DSC Materials
    4.5 Summary of NanoMarkets' Eight-Year Projections for DSC
    Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in This Report
    About the Author

    List of Exhibits

    EXHIBIT E-1 DSC Materials Market by Category 2012-2019 ($ Millions)
    EXHIBIT E-2 Summary of DSC PV Market by Application 2012-2019
    EXHIBIT 4-1 Efficiency Improvements Over Time in The DSC Market 2012-2019 
    EXHIBIT 4-2 The Off-Grid DSC PV Market by Application 2012-2019
    EXHIBIT 4-3 The Grid-Connected DSC PV Market by Application 2012-2019
    EXHIBIT 4-4 The DSC Materials Market 2012-2019
    EXHIBIT 4-5 DSC Materials Market by Category 2012-2019 ($ Millions) 
    EXHIBIT 4-6 Summary of The DSC Market
    EXHIBIT 4-7 Summary of DSC PV Market by Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 4-8 Summary of Grid-Connected vs. Off-Grid DSC PV 2012-2019


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