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Supporting renewable energy

17 January 2008

Lights from a solar simulator

Cardiff University has established a research and development partnership with a company which manufactures next-generation solar technology.

The partnership will allow Cardiff-based G24 Innovations Limited (G24i) to access world-leading facilities and consultancy at the Cardiff School of Engineering.

G24i’s Dye Sensitised Thin Film combines innovative material science and nanotechnology to generate renewable power in a process similar to photosynthesis. The technology is expected to make solar energy a viable renewable energy option for the first time for a range of new industries and geographies.

Dr Anthony Giles, Cardiff School of Engineering, said: "The Centre for Energy, Waste and the Environment at Cardiff School of Engineering has a long and successful history of engaging with industry at all levels, from local SMEs to multinational corporations.

"We are delighted to be working with such a dynamic company in the renewable energy sector, assisting G24i in realising their technological and business goals."

The School of Engineering will assist G24i in understanding the lifetime of new products. Chemical analysis will be used to ensure the quality of the final product and assess alternative materials.

Clemens Betzel, president of G24i, said, "We are looking forward to working with Cardiff University's School of Engineering. The School's collaborative approach and reputation as one of the UK's leading engineering centres has impressed us greatly.

"While G24i has significant research and development capabilities focusing on the production of dye sensitised modules, the test and measurement expertise and unique facilities at the University will help us to achieve rapid product development in specific areas."