SolarPrint is a Irish company based in Dublin. They are developing Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSCs), a novel 3rd Generation printable flexible solar cell technology, which uses abundant, cheap raw materials and employs a low-cost, fast and easy manufacturing process.
In the late 1990s new types of solar cells were developed. Electricity is produced by photoactive dyes or conducting polymers. These technologies are extremely promising because they are made of low-cost materials and do not need complex and expensive production facilities. In summary they should be significantly less expensive than older cell generations. 3rd Generation technologies can be engineered into flexible sheets and are mechanically robust.
Most BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic’s) products are not really integrated but being bolted on the existing structure like the rooftop. Though silicon solar panels are only available in standard formats and performing poorly in conditions of low light and where the sun shines at low angles of incidence, rooftop applications are limited.
SolarPrint’s DSSC technology can be easily produced in non standard formats and replace standard construction materials like metal rooftops or cladding panels. In addition, DSSC maintains its efficiency in a broad range of light conditions.
The “Today FM - Sunday Business Show Interview with Dr. Mazhar Bari - Sunday 17th May 2009” can be heard from their site