SunDrive, an Australian startup, has secured funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to scale up the event and manufacturing of its low price and excessive effectivity photo voltaic cells.
SunDrive will leverage the AUS$three million in funding to implement its AUS$9 million undertaking which incorporates scaling up its know-how from an industrial-sized cell to a industrial measurement module.
This will allow the deployment of the cell on family rooftops. A small scale automated manufacturing line prototype will even be developed.
A key barrier to the broader adoption of subsequent era photo voltaic cell applied sciences is using silver, in keeping with a press release. Globally, photo voltaic manufacturing is already estimated to characterize 20% of the world’s complete annual industrial silver consumption. This presents an ongoing provide danger as photo voltaic demand grows and is additional exacerbated if the business strikes to increased effectivity subsequent era photo voltaic cell buildings which require two to 3 occasions extra silver per cell.
SunDrive’s know-how replaces using silver with copper, which is considerably cheaper and extra ample.
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The know-how was initially developed by SunDrive’s CEO Vince Allen throughout his PhD on the University of New South Wales, Sydney, earlier than founding SunDrive in 2015 together with his flatmate from his undergraduate research David Hu.
SunDrive is now transferring to Kirrawee in South Sydney to scale its operations, and be nearer to different startups, researchers and buyers. With ARENA’s assist, SunDrive intends to increase its staff to incorporate 10 further employees.
ARENA CEO Darren Miller stated: “As we proceed to transition our power system, the photo voltaic business wants to repeatedly evolve and undertake new cell buildings that improve efficiencies, cut back prices and make use of extra ample supplies.”
“It’s improbable to see an Australian photo voltaic startup on the forefront of manufacturing the subsequent era of excessive effectivity photo voltaic cells. Through technological improvements from startups like SunDrive, Australia will stay on the forefront of photo voltaic innovation and analysis and growth for years to return.”
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SunDrive CEO Vince Allen, provides: “With solely three% of world electrical energy coming from photo voltaic right this moment, there’s nonetheless a lot innovation that should happen. Gaining the assist from the Australian Government places us in a stronger place to capitalise on the chance that lies forward.”
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