Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells as Potential Candidate for Indoor/Diffused Light Harvesting Applications: From BIPV to Self-powered IoTs

  • G. Gokul
  • Sourava C. Pradhan
  • Suraj SomanEmail author
Part of the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability book series (ENENSU)


Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSC) technology is a photovoltaic technology that mimics natural photosynthesis, categorically coming under third generation photovoltaics; while completing almost three decades since its invention, it has carved a recognizable space in the PV arena owing to its unique merits like roll-to-roll compatibility, relatively inexpensive fabrication techniques-using cheap and readily available materials, workability on flexible substrates, and excellent low/diffused light performance. Semitransparent Multi-coloured Dye Solar Panels stands as a potential candidate in the Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) sector, while the small form-factor devices show an excellent performance in indoor/artificial light, thus paving way for the self-powered indoor light harvesting Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This chapter builds an understanding on the DSC technology from a device to module perspective, reviewing the progress in manufacturing technologies, outlining its evolution as a potential future candidate in photovoltaic sector.


Dye solar modules BIPV Energy harvesting IoT 



S. Soman gratefully acknowledges financial support from DST INSPIRE Faculty Award (IFA 13-CH-115). We also thank DST for the DST-SERI Project [DST/TM/SERI/D46(G)]. G. Gokul and S. C. Pradhan thank DST-SERI for research fellowships. We also extend our sincere thanks to Director, CSIR-NIIST for the motivation and support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Photosciences and Photonics Section, Chemical Sciences and Technology DivisionCSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and TechnologyThiruvananthapuramIndia

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