Sydney, 16 April 2009 – For the first time since its inception in Australia in 2006, the International Conference on the Industrialisation of Dye Solar Cells (DSC-IC 2009) will be held in Asia this year, in Nara, Japan, from April 22 to 24. This is the third International Conference on the Industrialisation of DSC, building on the success of previous DSC-IC conferences in St Gallen, Switzerland and Canberra, Australia.
The strength and growth of the photovoltaic industry in Japan, together with the advancements in Dye Solar Cell (DSC) technology and research within the East Asia region, make this venue the ideal place to bring together leading scientists, technologists and industrialists from the field of DSC.
Following the official opening by Nara Governor Arai, joint conference chairpersons, Professor Shozo Yanagida and Professor Tsutomu Miyasaka, will be joined by over 250 participants, including top academic, institutional, government and industry experts in DSC technology.
Leading experts from around the world spearheading the commercialisation of DSC technology, including Professor Michael Graetzel, Professor Anders Hagfeldt, Professor Laurence Peter, Professor Hironori Arakawa and Dyesol’s Dr Gavin Tulloch and Dr Hans Desilvestro, are just a few of the long list of impressive speakers confirmed for the conference next week.
More than ever, the pace of DSC commercialisation is being dictated by urgent global economic and environmental drivers. As recently as the April G20 meeting in London, governments have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the challenges of global warming through promises of new legislation and policy, thus creating significant new opportunities for DSC technologies. DSC technology is the most advanced of the third generation technologies and promises solutions where other technologies cannot deliver. G8 Environment Ministers meet in Sicily next week to determine how to accelerate the reduction of the worldwide carbon footprint through energy efficiency and low energy renewables such as DSC. .
The advantages of DSC over conventional silicon-based photovoltaic technology are its lower cost, lower embodied energy for both the manufacturing plant and production, greater output of electricity in ambient and low light conditions, and the ability to be directly incorporated into buildings as active electricity generating glass facades and steel roofs – building products that combine energy generation with energy efficiency.
The global solar photovoltaic market was valued at almost US $30 billion in 2008 and is forecast to reach US$100 billion in revenues by 2013.
Dyesol Limited is pleased to be the lead sponsor of the conference.
For further information contact Catherine Gleeson on +61 (0)2 6299 1592.
In Europe contact Eva Reuter, Investor Relations, Dyesol Europe on +49 177 6058804
Note to editors
The Technology – DYE SOLAR CELLS
DSC technology can best be described as ‘artificial photosynthesis’ using an electrolyte, a layer of titania (a pigment used in white paints and tooth paste) and ruthenium dye deposited on glass, metal or polymer substrates. Light striking the dye excites electrons which are absorbed by the titania to become an electric current many times stronger than that found in natural photosynthesis in plants. Compared to conventional silicon based photovoltaic technology, Dyesol’s technology has lower cost and embodied energy in manufacture, it produces electricity more efficiently even in low light conditions and can be directly incorporated into buildings by replacing conventional glass panels or metal sheets rather than taking up roof or extra land area.
The Company – DYESOL Limited
Dyesol is located in Queanbeyan NSW (near Canberra) and in August 2005 was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX Code ‘DYE”). Dyesol manufactures and supplies a range of Dye Solar Cell products comprising equipment, chemicals, materials, components and related services to researchers and manufacturers of DSC. The Company is playing a key role in taking this third generation solar technology out of the laboratory and into the community.
More detail about the company and the technology can be found at: http://www.dyesol.com
More detail about the conference can be found at: http://www.dsc-ic.com