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Posted: Mar 01, 2012
Father of Dye Solar Cell Awarded 2012 ALBERT EINSTEIN World Award of Science
(Nanowerk News) A substantial validation of the power of Dye Solar Cell (DSC) technology to significantly impact the world's renewable energy supply has come from the World Cultural Council as it awards the father of the dye solar cell (DSC), Professor Michael Grätzel, the prestigious 2012 ALBERT EINSTEIN World Award of Science for his outstanding achievements in inventing and developing the Grätzel Cell, the Dye-sensitised Solar Cell (DSC), that is regarded by many as the single most important breakthrough in the development of sustainable energy.
The Interdisciplinary Committee of the World Cultural Council (www.consejoculturalmundial.org) has selected Professor Grätzel, Director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, because of DSC's capability to significantly increase the spread of sustainable, renewable energy throughout the world and make a major impact in renewable energy distribution across the globe.
"Not only is this a tremendous mark of respect for Professor Grätzel by the global scientific world, it is also an overwhelming vote of confidence in Dyesol and the future of DSC applications," Dyesol Director, Mr. Gordon Thompson, explained.
"Dyesol has strong ties to Professor Grätzel. Professor Grätzel is the chairman of Dyesol's Technology Advisory Board, and Dyesol is a pioneer licensee of the DSC technology developed at EPFL. Our team has been developing this invention to a range of commercial product solutions since 1994.
"Today, Dyesol is at the cutting edge in the photovoltaic industry as the leading global supplier of DSC materials, technology and know-how to multinational manufacturing partners and researchers across the globe. Our DSC photovoltaic technology enables metal, glass and polymeric based products in the building, transport and electronics sectors to generate energy and to improve energy efficiency. These are exciting times for the company." Mr Thompson said.
The 29th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony will be held in Denmark on the 18th of April 2012.
About the World Cultural Council
The World Cultural Council is an international organization, based in Mexico, whose objectives are to promote culture, values and goodwill throughout the world. The "Albert Einstein World Award of Science" and the "José Vasconcelos World Award of Education" and the "Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts" are one means to this end. These awards honour outstanding personalities whose work has had a significantly positive impact on the cultural legacy of mankind. The members of the Council include several Nobel laureates. Since its foundation in 1981, the dedicated work of our members has produced a long list of distinguished award-winners, selected on the basis of a careful evaluation of their merits.
The Company – DYESOL Limited
Dyesol is a global supplier of Dye Solar Cell (DSC) materials, technology and know-how. DSC is a photovoltaic technology enabling metal, glass and polymeric based products in the building, transport and electronics sectors to generate energy and improve energy efficiency. Dyesol partners with leading multinational companies who possess significant market share and established routes-to-market. The company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (DYE), the German Open Market (D5I.F), and is trading on the OTCQX (DYSOY) through its depositary BNY Mellon. Learn more: www.dyesol.com Subscribe to Mailing List and eNewsletter here.
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. 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.