An £11m project between photovoltaic experts Dyesol and Steel giant Tata Steel will be strengthened by increasing the number of personnel working on it.
The PV Accelerator Centre, based in North Wales, will now have 50 people working on it rather than 30. The joint project set out to develop the world’s first continuously manufactured dye sensitised photovoltaic product on steel for building applications.
Peter Strikwerda, Managing Director of Tata Steel Colors, said: “This expansion takes the project from its laboratory and pilot line phase into a pre-industrialisation phase. We will significantly accelerate technical progress with the objective of establishing a product, process and supply chain that can be successfully commercialised.”
The Welsh Assembly Government has supported the project with a £5m technology grant.
Tata Steel Group is one of the world’s top ten steel producers with annual crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes. Dyesol manufactures and supplies a range of dye solar cell products comprising equipment, chemicals, materials, components and related services to researchers and manufacturers of dye solar cells.