Technology start-up Oxford Photovoltaics last night scooped the innovation award at the British Renewable Energy Awards, for a glass solar panel that can be installed into building facades.

The awards ceremony, organised by the Renewable Energy Association, was held at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

The Innovation Award is given to an innovative, renewable energy conversion device, invention or application that has achieved a major milestone or reached market since 2012.

Brian McAllister, Oxford PV’s business development director accepted the Innovation Award said: “The solar coating Oxford PV is now commercialising will deliver a massively scaleable product for the building integrated PV market and has the potential to turn glass buildings into power stations.”

The company is a start-up spun out from Oxford University which has exclusively licensed the intellectual property developed by Dr. Henry Snaith and his team of 15 scientists.

The cooperative 5MW Westmill Solar Farm, located on the border of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, was commended in the community award section.

REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said:“The economic climate is challenging for renewables, just as with other sectors of the economy, which makes celebrating these trailblazing companies and their projects all the more important.”