Thin-film perovskite solar technology specialists, Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV), has announced the appointment of Dr David Fyfe as its new chairman.  

Fyfe joins the Oxford University spin out after 10 years in charge of Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), where he led the firm from a laboratory-based research company to a sale for US$285 million to Japanese corporation Sumitomo Chemicals.

Commenting on the appointment, Oxford PV’s founder and chief executive officer Kevin Arthur, said: “We are delighted to have David on board as our Chairman. His extensive industry knowledge and considerable international experience in leading companies, such as CDT, to commercial success will be of significant benefit to Oxford PV, as we move ahead with plans to develop and license our technology.”

Fyfe added: “I am delighted to again have the opportunity to contribute to the commercial success of a world-leading, cutting edge, British technology. I look forward to working with the board of directors and with Kevin Arthur and his team to create substantial value for the shareholders and employees of Oxford Photovoltaics.”

Oxford PV develops perovskite thin-film solar cells which can be printed directly onto glass, producing a semi-transparent layer. The technology is intended for use in glass-clad buildings to provide renewable electricity.

In the recent roadmap to the solar strategy, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) singled out the UK’s “well-established research and development activity in place for a range of photovoltaic technologies and applications” and the potential it has for breakthrough solar developments.