Solar-tech signs University deal
A COMPANY which manufactures next-generation solar technology has signed a research and development agreement with Cardiff University.
Cardiff-based G24i has reached a deal with the university’s school of engineering that will allow it to access the facilities.
G24i’s Dye Sensitised Thin Film combines innovative material science and nanotechnology to generate renewable power in a process similar to photosynthesis.
The technology is expected to make solar energy a viable renewable energy option for the first time for a range of new industries and geographies.
The solar cells and products are lightweight, durable and are unique in that the thin film produces electricity in low light, all-weather and indoor conditions. The cells provide more electricity to the user than most of the highly efficient traditional solar cells, which produce at their high efficiency levels for only a few hours on a sunny day.
The company’s proprietary roll-to-roll manufacturing process completes all manufacturing steps in an automated, continuous process and can transform a lightweight roll of metal foil into a half-mile 100lb roll of G24i’s Dye Sensitised Thin Film in less than three hours.
The university will assist G24i in understanding the lifetime of new products. Chemical analysis will be used to ensure the quality of the final product and assess alternative materials. Mechanical testing of the modules enables G24i’s modules to be integrated into a wide range of products.
Clemens Betzel, president of G24i, said, “We are looking forward to working with Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, whose collaborative approach and reputation as one of the UK’s leading engineering centres has impressed us greatly.
“While G24i has significant research and development capabilities focusing on the production of dye sensitised modules, the test and measurement expertise and unique facilities at the University will help us to achieve rapid product development in specific areas.”
Dr Anthony Giles, of Cardiff University School of Engineering, said, “The Centre for Energy, Waste and the Environment at Cardiff School of Engineering has a long and successful history of engaging with industry at all levels, from local SMEs to multinational corporations. We are delighted to be working with such a dynamic company in the renewable energy sector, assisting G24i in realising their technological and business goals.”