Peccell Develops High-Voltage, Film-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Based on Showa Denko (SDK) Titanium Oxide; Joint Development of Titanium Paste Technology Undertaken
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Peccell Develops High-Voltage, Film-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Based on Showa Denko (SDK) Titanium Oxide; Joint Development of Titanium Paste Technology Undertaken

 Peccell / Showa Denko K.K. (SDK)
Tokyo, Sept 15, 2004 - (JCN Newswire) - Peccell Technologies, Inc. (Peccell), a developer of a film-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC), has achieved a high voltage of over 4V - equivalent to that of a lithium ion battery - under illumination. The electrode of the DSC is made of titanium oxide paste, which is based on fine particles of titanium oxide supplied by Shoa Denko KK (SDK). The paste is applicable to both film-type DSCs for portable applications and conventional glass-substrate DSCs.

Peccell, based in Yokohama City and led by Prof. Tsutomu Miyasaka, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Toin University of Yokohama, was established in March 2004 for the development of DSC-related technologies.

So far, Prof. Miyasaka has cooperated with SDK by evaluating SDK's titanium oxide fine particles and giving advice to SDK. And SDK invested in Peccell at the time of its establishment. This time, Peccell and SDK have agreed that Peccell will license its patented titanium oxide paste technology to SDK, and SDK will commence commercial production at reduced costs and start selling the paste. The two have also agreed to cooperate in the development of the paste technology to increase speed and efficiency.

SDK has developed a new technology that enables nano-scale control of primary particle sizes of titanium oxide, producing fine particles of any size between 10 and 500 nm. The very fine particles have a large surface area, enabling a great quantity of dye to be adsorbed on the particle surface. Furthermore, the specially designed titanium oxide structure ensures smooth electron flow and electrolyte diffusion inside the film.

In DSC, a flow of excited electrons, which results from the absorption of sunlight by dye, is led to electrodes made of semiconductor particles, including titanium oxide, thereby causing electromotive force (photon-to-electron conversion). DSC is characterized by its low cost and high performance.

In particular, a film-type DSC offers the advantages of lightweight, safety and flexibility. As a film-type DSC is foldable and can be processed into various shapes and colorful bodies, depending on the kind of dye used, it is attracting much attention as a next-generation solar cell to replace conventional silicon-based solar cells.

A film-type DSC is expected to be used as power source for portable IT devices (cellular phones, PDA), for household goods (interior, exterior), and for outdoor applications (displays; automotive, agricultural and environmental goods). The first commercial application will be power source for portable IT devices. In case a 10% market share is achieved in Japan, the size of the market for film-type DSCs will amount to around JPY 20 billion a year.

Peccell is planning to begin shipment of film-type DSC samples in 2006.

About Peccell Technologies, Inc.

Peccell, based in Yokohama City and led by Prof. Tsutomu Miyasaka, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Toin University of Yokohama, was established in March 2004 for the development of DSC-related technologies. Major shareholders include Toin University of Yokohama (34%), Prof. Miyasaka (11%), SDK (11%), Kojima Chemicals Co., Ltd. (11%) and Fujimori Kogyo Co., Ltd. (11%). Areas of business include R&D and sales of photon-to-electron conversion elements, their components, and optical functional materials, and performance evaluation tests to client speciifications.

About Showa Denko

Showa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods), electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials (ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp .

Contact:

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) 
PR & IR Group,
Nobuhiro Kato
nobuhiro_kato@sdk.co.jp
Phone: +81-3-5470-3235

Marketing Department II,
Ceramics Division, 
Phone: +81-45-453-5125

Peccell Technologies, Inc. 
Phone: +81-45-974-5656
 


Sept 15, 2004
Source: Showa Denko

Showa Denko (TSE: 4004) (U.S: SHWDF)

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