Transforming light into energy and energy into light
BAU KUNST EFINDEN IS PART OF THE ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science brings together international researchers to discover and use new ways to source energy. The goal of this cooperation is to discover and develop new ways to harness sunlight for energy storage; develop more energy efficient devices for light generation; and also look at optical sensors for security and environmental applications. BAU KUNST ERFINDEN develops the integration of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) into prefabricated concrete segments. Areas of application include architectural and product design, as well as digital fabrication and construction.
Dye-Sensitized Solar Concrete replaces the glass-based counterelectrode with concrete. Since the concrete substrate is chemically, electrotechnically, mechanically, and geometrically in contact and indirect interaction with all other cell components, the cell architecture is a central component of this innovative concept. The cell architecture defines the position and layout of each functional layer and substrate within the cell. It is thus critical to the functionality, durability, and performance of the Dye-Sensitized Solar Concrete cell, and also forms the basis for integrating present-day and next-generation photoactive layer systems into concrete and other opaque substrate materials.
Samira Jama Aden¹,³, Rebecca A. Milhuisen²,³, Muhammad Kalim Kashif ²,³, Udo Bach²,³, Heike Klussmann¹,³ (2020) Dye-Sensitized Solar Concrete. In: C. Leopold, C. Robeller & U. Weber (Hrsg.), Research culture in architecture (247-254), Basel: Birkhäuse
¹ Bau Kunst Erfinden, University of Kassel, Germany ² Monash University, Melbourne, Australia ³ ARC Center of Excellence in Exciton Science, Melbourne, Australia
Samira Jama Aden, Prof. Udo Bach and Prof. Heike Klussmann with a prototype of a Dye-Sensitized Solar Concrete facade element (100 × 100 cm)