Solar Glass Technology
Brite is focusing on enabling mass production of innovative, transparent photovoltaic panels which can be integrated as windows in greenhouses, homes and office buildings.
In order to reach our goal we are working on the development and establishment of our production technology in industrial scale achieving commercially desirable panel efficiency at a competitive cost vs thin film technology, for the different color PV transparent modules.
The key to our technology is the use of a solid electrolyte as opposed to liquid-electrolyte competing technologies, which suffer of instability and long term reliability problems for the end product. This technology will commercially produce the first solar cells with competitive performance and cost, based on a solid electrolyte and a transparent dye, giving significant technological advantage to the resulting solar panels.
Brite develops the process technology for the construction of photo-electrochemical solid solar cells based on new composite organic / inorganic lightweight nanostructured materials which in their majority are deposited by a purely chemical process at ambient conditions.
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Novel nanotechnological routes are followed to develop semiconductors with small particle size and also maintain the transparency of the solar windows in high level.
Exploitation of the visible region of light by solar windows is succeeded by semiconductor photosensitization with organic dyes of high extinction coefficient.
Nanocomposite transparent semiconductor films of different particle sizes can easily be developed.
Cross section of a transparent solar cell.
Novel nanocomposite solid electrolytes are developed promising durable and stable solar cells compared to current technologies.
The developing technology has significant advantages over existing technologies i.e. Thin Film Silicon PV elements.
Components of Solid Dye-sensitized Solar Cells are produced at ambient conditions without special measures for purity, thus drastically reducing the cost of production.
Solid Dye-sensitized Solar Cells are transparent and can be used as “photovoltaic windows”, for example, the southern side of buildings, or as monitor devices. This technology is not available in mass production today and is the focus of our company.
Depending on the used photosensitive dye, we can give the window a varied hue, thus an aesthetic effect chosen by the end user or building architect.
Works with diffuse radiation that can hit the window from any direction, from either side. This property is not available by any type of PV panels from any manufacturer today.