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WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE BELIEVE AND WHERE WE'RE HEADING

We’re an extraordinary solar company on an extraordinary mission.

The sun is the most abundant source of energy on our planet.  Yet adoption rates for solar technology are still unbelievably low.

It's time to change that.

Our aim is to eliminate the limitations of existing solar technologies so that solar energy can be harnessed in all sorts of places, all over the world. 

 

Making it accessible to all, without harming the planet or breaking the bank. 

Power Roll - Solar Roll
WHO WE ARE

A bright collective of non-conformists, pushing the perimeters of solar technology.

You’ll find us in the North-East of England, building on the legacy of some of the world’s most extraordinary industrialists - George Stephenson (who made the first locomotive), Joseph Swann (who invented the first incandescent light bulbs) and William Armstrong (who created the first hydroelectric powered home) - to name a few.

We’re not a corporate pet project or a spin-out from a university lab. But, we do have plenty of PhDs and renewable energy experience in our team.

And with our head office and pilot plant located on the site of a former colliery, we couldn’t think of a better way of demonstrating our commitment to green energy transition. 

Incandescent Light
Joseph Swan Inventor

Joseph Swan

Hydroelectric House William Armstrong
William Armstrong Inventor

William Armstrong

Power Roll Processing Film
OUR TECHNOLOGY

 We're building the next generation of solar PV modules.

Inspired by innovations that keep crisps crunchy and gave the gramophone sound.

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Lightweight, flexible and featuring a unique combination of Microgrooves and Perovskites, they can be manufactured using an efficient, low-cost process.

And without draining our earth's resources.

Our Chief Scientist, Dr. John Topping, had a simple, yet brilliant idea. What if we could adapt the manufacturing processes used to make crisp packets to make solar modules?

 

He knew this sort of manufacturing was high-speed, automated and low cost. If solar modules could be made in a similar way using lightweight, flexible materials, then solar technology could become more affordable and put to many, many more uses.

A group of visionary investors backed John’s ideas and founded Power Roll to help turn them into reality.

We now have over 50 teammates all dedicated to the commercialisation and global roll-out of the next generation of solar modules.
 

OUR JOURNEY

2011 - 2015

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2011: Dr. John Topping invents Microgrooves as a platform for film-based electronic materials.

2012: Angel investors form Power Roll.

2015: Proof of concept independently validated by University of Texas, Austin

2016 - 2020

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The R&D team, supported by a number of academic partners, continue to develop our unique solar film.

2019 -  Solar film achieves 11% PCE.

2021 - 2022

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Further investments in Power Roll support technical and commercial development.

2021 - international partner agreements signed.

2022 - Pilot manufacturing plant commissioned in new premises.

2023 & BEYOND

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Plans developed and large-scale investment secured to build a first of a kind production facility in Co. Durham, UK.

RESEARCH

DEVELOPMENT

COMMERCIALISATION

SCALE-UP

OUR FOUNDING STORY

PRAISE FOR POWER ROLL 

WINNER

Manufacturing Innovation Award at the North East Innovation Awards.

Venturefest Power Roll Award
Power Roll sun ball

BEST PITCH

Power Roll wins best pitch at the Saudi British Joint Business Council CleanTech Venture Day

Saudi Best Pitch Power Roll Award
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