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Press Release – Telegraph India


11th edition of Environment and Energy Conclave ‘“Energy Tech – Disruptive Innovations in Energy Transition” – 23rd August 2018, at ITC Sonar, Kolkata.


A UK-based company is eyeing its first revenue earnings from India next year through a joint venture in the energy storage business and is also scouting for more partners in both the energy storage and solar energy segments.

Sunderland-based Power Roll has tied up with Delhi-based Deki Electronics to produce low-cost, smaller and longer life capacitors in a joint venture, which is expected to start production in the second half of 2019.

The company officials were in the city to scout for potential partners for both capacitors as well as solar photovoltaic cells that can offer cost- effective energy solutions.

“The purpose of the company is to develop and commercialise disruptive energy technologies. These fall into two main streams – solar PV and energy storage.”

“We are in the development phase. We have spent time and money in proving the science. We have patents in 47 countries, including India. We are now looking to earn our first revenues in 2019 and that will come from India,” said Neil Spann, managing director of Power Roll.

Power Roll Ltd Awarded Energy Catalyst 5 Project

Power Roll are delighted to have been awarded a £700k grant from Innovate UK to fund development and demonstration of its unique ultra-low cost, scalable solar PV technology in off-grid locations in Africa and India. Power Roll are working with expert sub-contractors and three partners to support the demonstrators across several test sites in these markets: The Energy and Resources Institute, India (TERI); Unilever; and Newcastle University.

The project is focused on the development and demonstration of various system applications that address the energy needs of rural off-grid communities in the Sub Saharan African, Indian and SE Asia. In the first year several demonstration sites across India and Africa and commercial applications, such as solar pumping for agricultural irrigation will be developed. In year two, the Power Roll PV technology will then be deployed into the various applications and test sites allowing field data to be collected including system performance and end user benefits.

Big Solar further strengthens its Technical Team

Big Solar is delighted to announce the recruitment of two new employees Dr. Christopher Wood who has joined as a Research Scientist and David Wake who as joined as a Research Technician. Big Solar continues to strengthen its team to provide the correct mix of skills in order to develop their ultra low cost and ultra lightweight solar pv product, Power Roll ™.