Low cost solar glazing project to receive £567,000 grant

A partnership led by UK solar technology firm Polysolar is to begin work this autumn developing plastic photovoltaics for use on windows and structural glass, following confirmation of a grant of nearly £570,000 from the Technology Strategy Board.

The project is being launched in early November, but funding was announced by the Technology Strategy Board in August.

Polysolar, along with partners Linde Electronics, Imperial College, Sagentia and Pilkington Technology Management, aims to produce low cost, translucent photovoltaic glass based on organic polymers, for applications in structural glazing and curtain walling.

Chief executive officer of Hertfordshire-based Polysolar, Hamish Watson, said: "The objective of the project is to develop polymer photovoltaics to use in transparent architectural glazing, primarily for commercial buildings.

"The basic technology of polymer photovoltaics originates from Cambridge and Imperial College research. What we are doing is improving the lifetime and performance of the technology, and encapsulate it for the glazing application."

Specifically, the solar firm wants to develop a polymer photovoltaic coating that can be fully integrated with glass, and manufactured into glazing panels with a lifetime of 25 years.

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