Colourful ‘solar glass’ means entire buildings can generate clean power

13 February 2013

Cleantech investment specialists MTI Partners has announced the completion of a £2 million investment round in Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (OPV), an Oxford University spin-out Materials/Cleantech company commercializing solid-state dye sensitized solar cells for the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) sector.

Dr Henry Snaith, lecturer and researcher in Condensed Matter, here at the Department of Physics (and Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford Photovoltaics), said the investment from clean-tech investors MTI Partners will help its solar glass take a step closer to the commercial market.

These new, transparent solar cells can be produced from inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and non-corrosive materials and be scaled to any volume. They can be printed directly onto glass in a range of colours, making them ideally suited to use in glazing panels and facades.

This latest investment round allows OPV to build on its highly experienced technical and commercial teams and construct its own product development and test facilities at the Begbroke Science Park near Oxford.

Photo credit: OPV