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Dye Sensitized Cell Markets: 2016-2025

  • ID: 3834485
  • Report
  • n-tech Research
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  • 3G Solar
  • Dyesol
  • Fujikura
  • Merck
  • Oxford Photovoltaics
  • Solaronix
  • MORE
This report identifies the current and future commercial potential for DSC and pinpoints the opportunities that n-tech sees emerging over the next decade.  n-tech believes that the use of perovskites for DSC cells and DSC’s cost/performance advantages in markets that have traditionally been dominated by amorphous silicon (a-Si) will boost DSC revenues.  The report also indicates that there is now a strong incentive to invest in the future of DSC technology.

The report shows how the latest developments in both DSC materials and cell design is moving DSC towards significant deployment. This new study also contains detailed ten-year market forecasts of DSC in revenue and volume terms with breakouts by end-user sector and by materials used.

In addition, the report contains strategic profiles of the leading firms in the DSC space including an assessment of their marketing and manufacturing strategies.  Companies discussed in report include 3G Solar, BASF, Dyesol, Exeger, Fujikura, G24 Power, Merck, Nissha Printing, Oxford Photovoltaics, Peccell, Solaronix, Sony, Umicore and others.
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  • 3G Solar
  • Dyesol
  • Fujikura
  • Merck
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Executive Summary
E.1 Opportunities for DSC Panel Makers    
E.1.1 Revival for DSC and the Solar Industry         
E.1.2 DSC Continues to Receive Direct Investment Picture
E.1.3 Larger Firms in DSC Commercialization        
E 1.4 Suppliers and their BIPV Commercialization Roadmap         
E.1.5 Sensor Networks, Military and Automobile Applications yet to make Major Strides 
E 1.6 Other Applications       
E.2 Opportunities for Materials Suppliers     
E.2.1 DSC Specific Materials
E.3 Key Firms to Watch in the DSC Space 
E.3.1 Dyesol (Australia)        
E.3.2 Exeger (Sweden)        
E.3.3 G24 Power
E.3.4 Merck  
E.4 Eight-Year Forecast Summary for DSC Markets

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Dye-sensitized Solar Cell (DSC) Technology    
1.1.1 A Ray of Hope: Effect of China and Improved Cell Efficiency          
1.1.2 Challenging Path to Commercialization
1.1.3 What has Changed Technologically since n-tech Research’s Previous DSC Report
1.1.4 Challenges Remain     
1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report        
1.3.1 Forecasting Methodology        
1.3.2 Data Sources   
1.3.3 Alternative Scenarios   
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two:  Commercially Important Recent Technical Trends in Dye-Sensitized Cells
2.1 First to Third Generation PV Technologies        
2.1.1 EPFL Reaches 15 percent Efficiency with DSC        
2.1.2 Ricoh Develops Solid-State DSC with Improved Power Generation Efficiency        
2.2 DSC Gaining Importance

2.2.1 Design Directions         
2.3 Dyes: Beyond Ruthenium?        
2.4 New Directions for Electrolyte Material  
2.4.1 COBRA
2.4.2 Other Research on Electrolytes          
2.4.3 Recent Trends in Liquid Electrolytes:  Potentials for Using New Materials    
2.4.4 Solid-State and Quasi-Solid State Electrolytes: Beyond Iodine          
2.5 Electrode Materials:  TiO2 and Alternatives       
2.5.1 TiO2 Replacements     
2.5.2 DSC Film Preparation Trends 
2.5.3 Better Dopants for TiO2
2.6 Future Use of Quantum Dots and Graphene in DSCs  
2.6.1 Examples of Graphene and QDs in DSCs     
2.7 Interconnected DSC       
2.8 Encapsulation and Substrates    
2.8.1 Glass    
2.8.2 New Opportunities for Metal Foil and Plastics
2.8.3 Future Prospects for DSC Encapsulants and Substrates       
2.9 Encapsulation in the Age of Flexible PV
2.9.1 Significance of Encapsulation Materials in the Context of BIPV Applications
2.10 Substrates         
2.11 Key Points Made in this Chapter          

Chapter Three: Dye Sensitized Cells: Markets and Forecasts 
3.1 Forecast Assumptions    
3.1.1 Scope of Forecast       
3.1.2 Pricing Assumptions    
3.2 DSC for Indoor Applications       
3.2.1 DSC in Solar Chargers:  Only Developed DSC Application to Date  
3.2.2 DSC in Wireless Keyboards?  
3.2.3 Smart Apparel, Wearables and DSC  
3.2.4 Other Portable Consumer Electronics
3.2.5 Ten-Year Forecast of Indoor DSC Applications          
3.3 Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
3.3.1 International Market Environment could be Favorable to BIPV
3.3.2 BIPV Glass:  DSC Focus        
3.3.3 DSC and Solar Roofs  
3.3.4 Ten-Year Forecast of DSC in BIPV    
3.4 Retail Applications
3.4.1 Solar Awnings and Umbrellas 
3.4.2 Outdoor and Indoor Digital Signage    
3.4.3 Point-of-Sale (PoS) Displays   
3.4.4 Ten-Year Forecast of DSC in Retail Applications
3.5 Sensor Networks
3.5.1 Ten-Year Forecast of DSC for Sensor Networks       
3.6 Emergency Power and Military Applications     
3.6.1 Ten-Year Forecast of DSC for Military Applications   
3.7 Automotive Applications 
3.7.1 Ten-year Forecast of DSC Application in Automotive Devices          
3.8 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts        
3.9 Ten-Year Forecast by Type of Material 
3.10 Key Points Made in this Chapter

Chapter Four: DSC Suppliers and Strategies     
4.1 Firms Active in the DSC Market
4.2 3GSolar (Israel)  
4.2.1 Technology and Products        
4.3 Dyesol     
4.3.1 Financial Position         
4.3.2 Solliance, Tata and Steel-based BIPV4.3.3 Developments Around Glass-Based BIPV Applications         
4.3.4 Developments in the Electrolyte Space          
4.3.5 n-tech Research's View of Dyesol      
4.4 Exeger    
4.4.1 Recent Financial Events          
4.4.2 Patented Technologies
4.4.3 Research Collaboration
4.4.4 n-tech Research’s View on Exeger     
4.5 Fujikura   
4.5.1 Relationship with NEDO          
4.5.2 n-tech Research’s View of Fujikura    
4.6 G24 Power         

4.6.1 G24 Technology Development Efforts
4.6.2 Products Using G24 Technology
4.6.3 n-tech Research’s View of G24
4.7 Merck      
4.7.1 Collaborations and Partnerships          
4.7.2 n-tech Research’s View of Merck       
4.8 Nissha Printing    
4.8.1 Ohso Food Trial

4.9 Oxford Photovoltaics      
4.9.1 Product Development  
4.9.2 Financial Backing        
4.9.3 n-tech Research's View of Oxford Photovoltaics       
4.10 Peccell Technologies    
4.11 Samsung SDI   
4.12 Sharp    
4.12.1 n-tech Research’s View of Sharp      
4.13 Sony      
4.14 Solaronix

4.14.1 Research Initiatives   
4.14.2 Module Prototypes and Beyond        
4.14.3 n-tech Research's View of Solaronix
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report   

About the Author       

List of Exhibits:
Exhibit E-1: Summary of DSC Market 2016-2025  
Exhibit 2-1: Comparison of Features between DSC and Other Competing Solar Cell Technologies         
Exhibit 2-2: Performance Parameters of PV Technologies 
Exhibit 2-3: Power Generation Efficiency    
Exhibit 2-4: Key Trends of DSC Materials   
Exhibit 2-5: Efficiencies of Ru sensitizers    
Exhibit 2-6: Photonic parameters for different dyes fabricated (Alternatives of Ruthenium)
Exhibit 2-7: Energetic Levels of natural dyes and semiconductors 
Exhibit 2-8: Typical Properties of Different Types of Organic Solvents      
Exhibit 2-9: Future Prospects for Different Ionic Liquids, Redox Couples and Additives in Liquid Electrolytes          
Exhibit 2-10: Future Status of Solid-state and Quasi-solid State Electrolytes         
Exhibit 2-11: Performance parameters of DSC on modification in CE
Exhibit 2-12: Material Choices as Encapsulants and Substrates     
Exhibit 3-1: Summary of Potential DSC Applications          
Exhibit 3-2: Price Assumptions of DSC Modules for each Application       
Exhibit 3-3: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC-enabled Portable Charging Devices      
Exhibit 3-4: Ten-Year Forecasts for Embedded Devices    
Exhibit 3-5: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC Enabled BIPV Applications Glass Devices       
Exhibit 3-6: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC Enabled BIPV Applications Roofing/Siding Devices
Exhibit 3-7: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC-Enabled Outdoor and Indoor Digital Signage
Exhibit 3-8: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC-Enabled Retail Applications, Point-of-Sale Devices

Exhibit 3-9: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC-Enabled Sensor Network Devices        
Exhibit 3-10: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC-Enabled Military Applications  
Exhibit 3-11: Ten-Year Forecasts for DSC-Enabled Automotive Applications (AIPV)        
Exhibit 3-12: Grid-Connected DSC PV Market by Application 2016-2025 
Exhibit 3-13: Off-Grid DSC PV Market by Application 2016-2025  
Exhibit 3-14: Summary of Grid-Connected vs. Off-Grid DSC PV 2016-2025        
Exhibit 3-15: Ten-Year Summary of DSC Revenue by Application ($Millions)      
Exhibit 3-16: Ten-Year Summary of DSC Power Output by Applications (MWs)
Exhibit 3-17: Ten-Year Summary of DSC Module Area by Application (Millions Sq. Meters)
Exhibit 3-18: Ten-Year Summary of DSC Module Area by Application (Millions Sq. Meters)
Exhibit 3-19: DSC Material Cost Assumptions: 2016 to 2025          
Exhibit 4-1: Potential of the Key Pure-Play DSC Firms

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  •  3G Solar
  •  BASF
  •  Dyesol
  •  Exeger
  •  Fujikura
  •  G24 Power
  •  Merck
  •  Nissha Printing
  •  Oxford Photovoltaics
  •  Peccell
  •  Solaronix
  •  Sony
  •  Umicore
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