LONDON – Eight19 Ltd., a spin-off from the University of Cambridge chartered with producing organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells, has announced the appointment of Simon Bransfield-Garth as its chief executive officer.
Bransfield-Garth's appointment follows the investment of £4.5 million (about $7.4 million) by the Carbon Trust and French chemical company Rhodia SA in September 2010 to commercialize OPV technology originally developed at Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory.
Bransfield-Garth's has more than 25 years management experience in businesses that have operated in the semiconductor, automotive and mobile phone sectors. His career includes 7 years at mobile phone OS maker Symbian, where he was vice president of global marketing. Prior to his business career Bransfield-Garth was a a Fellow at Cambridge University where he also gained his BA and Ph.D in Engineering.
Eight19, founded in 2010, is developing flexible solar cells that have the potential to reduce the manufacturing cost and increase the throughput of solar technology. Plastic solar cells benefit from being based on abundant materials and can be readily crafted into different shapes and colours to meet market requirements.
Eight19 is located in Cambridge, England and retains close links with the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University, a world leader in plastic electronics technology.
The company's academic founders are Professor Sir Richard Friend, Professor Henning Sirringhaus and Professor Neil Greenham, all of Cambridge University. Professor Sir Richard Friend founded Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. in 1994 and Plastic Logic Ltd. in 2000. Professor Sirringhaus co-founded Plastic Logic and serves as its chief scientific officer.
I wonder what the energy cost to produce versus the cell's lifetime energy output ratio is? If this technology is going to take off it needs to be lower cost than current technology offerings and have at least as long a life with the same or better power output.
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