LONDON G24 Innovations Ltd. (Cardiff, Wales), a pioneer of dye-sensitized thin-film solar cells, has made its first commercial shipment of photovoltaic modules. They have been sent to consumer bag manufacturer, Mascotte Industrial Associates Ltd. (Hong Kong). Mascotte will include the photovoltaic panel in a range of bags and backpacks.
G24 raised $50 million in 2008 and claims it is the first commercial manufacturer of Graetzel Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) technology for mass consumer use.
The panel will harvest energy while used outdoors as well as in low light conditions indoors, an advantage of the G24i DSSC module, and be used to recharge mobile electronic devices such as mobile phones, e-books, cameras, and portable LED lighting systems.
The G24i module is based on a technology invented by Professor Michael Graetzel, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne.
G24i first acquired a license to manufacture the technology in 2006, with unlimited worldwide distribution rights. Since then, G24i has pioneered the development of a roll-to-roll manufacturing process which can support a range of diverse applications for the technology.
"Our goal is to deliver the future of mobile energy by personalizing solar power, which we will achieve by remaining at the forefront of design and development of this revolutionary light-harvesting technology," said John Hartnett, G24i's chief executive officer, in a statement.
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