Cardiff illuminates solar

Cardiff University and Cardiff-based G24 Innovations have established a research and development partnership to further work on next-generation solar technology.

G24 combines material science and nanotechnology in a dye sensitised thin film that generates power in a process which mimics photosynthesis. The company believes the technology is capable of making solar energy a more viable renewable energy option.

The partnership will give G24 access to facilities and consultancy at the Cardiff School of Engineering. The school will assist in the understanding of the lifetime of new products and provide chemical analysis to assess alternative materials and ensure the quality of the final product.

‘While G24 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,’ said Clemens Betzel, president of G24.