Oxford Photovoltaics secures £2 million for commercialisation of colourful solar cells

  • The £2 million investment will help OPV to strengthen its team and build a new product development and test facility. Image: OPV.

    The £2 million investment will help OPV to strengthen its team and build a new product development and test facility. Image: OPV.

  • The solar cells are manufactured from inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and non-corrosive materials. Image: OPV.

    The solar cells are manufactured from inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and non-corrosive materials. Image: OPV.

Oxford Photovoltaics (OPV), a spin-out from Oxford University, has received an investment of £2 million from MTI Partners as part of its latest round of funding.

As reported by Solar Power Portal's sister site Design-Build Solar, the investment will be used to help OPV to commercialise its new solar cell technology which applies a tiny layer of transparent dye-sensitised solid-state solar cells directly onto glass in a range of colours. These cells are manufactured from inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and non-corrosive materials and can be scaled to any volume.

The technology is particularly suitable for use in glass building façades. The façades will be able to convert sunlight into electricity which can be used to power the building to which the panels are attached or feed it into the national grid.

The £2 million fund will enable OPV to strengthen its technical and commercial teams and construct its own product development and test facilities at the Begbroke Science Park near Oxford.

The financing was led by MTI through its UMIP Premier Fund (UPF) alongside investment from the University of Oxford and a number of private investors.

Kevin Arthur, CEO of OPV said “Our company is making huge strides in the scale-up and commercialisation of this technology, our new product development facility at Begbroke will incorporate state of the art printing techniques to enable us to manufacture larger modules and begin the technology transfer of our new, high efficiency MSSC technology. 

“In addition, our new test and qualification facility will fast track our programme to deliver modules that meet internationally accepted standards and specifications for photovoltaic products.”

David Ward, Managing Partner and Head of Cleantech investing at MTI added: “We are delighted with the technical and commercial progress of the business since MTI supported OPV’s spin out in 2011.  The company is addressing a huge potential market opportunity and the building of the product development facility is an important step on the road to full commercialisation.”
 

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