Application of transparent dye-sensitized solar cells to building integrated photovoltaic systems

Sanghoon Yoon, Sehyun Tak, Jinsoo Kim, Yongseok Jun, Kisuk Kang, Jiyoung Park

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Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is one of the most promising photovoltaic systems for building integration (BIPV). DSSC can be transparent with various degrees of transparency, which makes it suitable for window application in buildings. In this study, we investigate the relationship between the transparency, the efficiency of DSSC and the overall energy efficiency of a building when DSSC is applied as window system. It is shown that while the efficiency of less transparent DSSC is generally higher due to higher short circuit current density (Jsc) from the thick electrode, it does not necessarily maximize the overall energy efficiency of a building. This is because lighting conditions of the building varies with the transparency of the window. The optimum condition should be carefully considered with the transparency of window as computationally simulated in terms of energy generation and consumption. We also find that different orientations of window in the building affect the optimum conditions of DSSC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1899-1904
Number of pages6
JournalBuilding and Environment
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF ) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2008-0062243 ) and Korea Minister of Ministry of Land, Transport and Martime Affairs ( MLTM ) as ‘U-City Master and Doctor Course Grant Program’.


  • Building-integrated photovoltaics
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Short circuit current
  • TiO electrode
  • Transmittance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction


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