Big Solar Limited – Development Project Tenders (4 work packages)

Big Solar Ltd [BSL] wishes to engage external organisations who can provide state-of-the-art design, implementation and technical support services in microstructure origination and tooling. Expected feature size 5-10 microns in width and depth or smaller. Applicants need to demonstrate experience in thin film patterning, using laser ablation, photo-lithography, e-beam lithography or similar techniques for producing complex micro-patterning and small features in thin films. Previous experience in applications such as plastic electronics, OLEDs, Solar PV, flat panel and organic electronics is important.

WORK PACKAGE 1

Origination of multi direction microgrooves

Request for a proposal for the design and manufacture of accurate micro-structures to be used for embossing process development, using photo-lithographic, laser micro-machining or similar technique.

Details of the Services required:

  • Design of potential pattern structures based on BSL requirements
  • Initial feasibility trials and evaluation of outputs
  • Design selection and optimisation of groove structure
  • Fabrication of prototype samples
  • Final trials and design lock down

Requirements of the Supplier;

  • Demonstrate [through examples of past work] the Technical abilities of the company/individual
  • Previous experience of working with microstructure applications architecture
  • Flexible approach to design and ability to work with the client on the final design
  • The proposal should be a fixed price allowing for iterations of design
  • An estimate of timescale for the work

How to respond 
Please develop a proposal around the criteria provided in the technical specification which can be requested from neil.spann@powerroll.solar, upon receipt of a signed NDA (none disclosure agreement) the technical spec will be forwarded. Please submit proposals to neil.spann@powerroll.solar no later than 5pm 24th November 2016.

If you have any questions about this specification, please contact Neil Spann on the above e-mail

Please include the following in your response:
• An overview your company
• Details on how you will deliver the required specification
• Timescales for development (considering the project go live date of 9th December 2016)
• At least two examples of relevant work you have carried out
• Price structure

How we will select a provider
BSL is keen to work with service providers who have experience in any of the aforementioned micro-structure origination techniques. We want to work with area experts who can help us to develop a robust process that not only meets but exceeds the basic requirements.

We will use the following criteria to select a provider for this work:
Criteria                   Weighting
Value for money 30%
Technical abilities of the company/individual 20%
Demonstrable experience of working with microstructure applications 30%
Quality of proposal against specification 20%

Due Diligence you will be required to:
• Sign an NDA
• Sign a contract that ensures that all IP will be sign over to BSL
• Undertake a PQQ process in line with our funders

THE PROJECT – WORK PACKAGE 2

Machining of micro grooves

Request for a proposal for the prototype machining of complex micro-structures to be used for embossing process development. We are seeking a specialist organisation with design, development, fabrication and rapid prototyping capability to create and produce highly accurate, micro-structured patterns in metal plates to be used for embossing said patterns into coated film products. Previous experience in related industries such as vacuum deposition or holography would be desirable. Desired feature size 1-3 micron wide and deep. 

Services required:

  • Initial feasibility trials and examination of results
  • Design and optimisation of machining process
  • Production of prototype samples including test flat and cylindrical masters
  • Final process trials and appraisal

Requirements of the Supplier;

  • Technical abilities of the company/individual
  • Previous experience of working with microstructure patterns onto metal plates
  • Ability to work with the client on the final prototype
  • The proposal should be a fixed price allowing for iterations of design
  • An estimate of timescale for the work

How to respond 
Please develop a proposal around the criteria provided in the technical specification which can be requested from neil.spann@powerroll.solar, upon receipt of a signed NDA (none disclosure agreement) the technical spec with be forwarded. Please submit proposals to neil.spann@powerroll.solar no later than5pm 24th November 2016.

If you have any questions about this specification, please contact Neil Spann on the above e-mail

Please include the following in your response:
• An overview your company
• Details on how you will deliver the required specification
• Timescales for development (considering the project go live date of 9th December 2016)
• At least two examples of relevant work you have carried out
• Price structure

How we will select a provider

BSL is keen to work with service providers who have experience in Diamond Turning or similar metal mold fabrication for micro-structures. We want to work with area experts who can add value to our brand, taking this concept idea and helping us to develop a finished product that not only meets but exceeds the basic requirements.

We will use the following criteria to select a provider for this work:
Criteria                   Weighting
Value for money 30%
Technical abilities of the company/individual 20%
Demonstrable experience of working with microstructure applications 30%
Quality of proposal against specification 20%

Due Diligence you will be required to:
• Sign an NDA
• Sign a contract that ensures that all IP will be sign over to BSL
• Undertake a PQQ process in line with our funders

THE PROJECT – WORK PACKAGE 3

Roll to Roll Embossing

Request for a proposal for roll to roll embossing processing and development services.

We are looking to work with an experienced film coating and embossing business that can assist us in defining and developing our pilot production process. The chosen provider must demonstrate knowledge and experience of working with micro-structure design and manufacture.

Services required:

  • Initial feasibility trials and examination of results
  • Development and optimisation of embossing process
  • Manufacture of prototype samples of embossed rolls of material (up to 36 inch wide and 500 meters in length)
  • Ability to work with the client throughout the development
  • Final process trials and evaluation

How to respond 
Please develop a proposal around the criteria provided in the technical specification which can be requested from neil.spann@powerroll.solar, upon receipt of a signed NDA (none disclosure agreement) the technical spec with be forwarded. Please submit proposals to neil.spann@powerroll.solar no later than 5pm 8th December 2016.

If you have any questions about this specification, please contact Neil Spann on the above e-mail

Please include the following in your response:
• An overview your company
• Details on how you will deliver the required specification
• Timescales for development (considering the project go live date of 9th December 2016)
• At least two examples of relevant work you have carried out
• Price structure

How we will select a provider

BSL is keen to work with service providers who have experience in Diamond Turning or similar metal mold fabrication for micro-structures. We want to work with area experts who can add value to our brand, taking this concept idea and helping us to develop a finished product that not only meets but exceeds the basic requirements.

We will use the following criteria to select a provider for this work:
Criteria                   Weighting
Value for money 30%
Technical abilities of the company/individual 20%
Demonstrable experience of working with microstructure applications 30%
Quality of proposal against specification 20%

Due Diligence you will be required to:
• Sign an NDA
• Sign a contract that ensures that all IP will be sign over to BSL
• Undertake a PQQ process in line with our funders

THE PROJECT – WORK PACKAGE 4

Project Innovation Specialist Support

Specialist provision from a consultant for the delivery of innovation and technical support services in relation to a unique PV process development project.           

BSL is looking to engage a highly experienced consultant who can successfully deliver specialist Innovation support services to the client. The specialist will advise and offer mentoring support to the client on how best to lead an innovative manufacturing project and how to coordinated all activities and sub-contractors. Previous experience of similar activity within process industry sectors such as printing, semi-conductor manufacture or holography would be highly relevant.

Services required:

  • Mentoring and Client support to improve in-house skills relating to the management of complex projects including the co-ordination of all sub-contractors
  • Mentoring and Client support to improve the in-house management of technical analysis and the development of new manufacturing techniques, including novel microstructure origination and embossing processes.
  • Client support and guidance of how to manage project integration and adhere to project deliverables.

How to respond 
Please develop a proposal around the criteria provided in the technical specification which can be requested from neil.spann@powerroll.solar, upon receipt of a signed NDA (none disclosure agreement) the technical spec with be forwarded. Please submit proposals to neil.spann@powerroll.solar no later than 5pm 24th November 2016.

If you have any questions about this specification, please contact Neil Spann on the above e-mail.

Please include the following in your response:
• An overview your company
• Details on how you will deliver the required specification
• Timescales for development (considering the project go live date of 9th December 2016)
• At least two examples of relevant work you have carried out
• Price structure

How we will select a provider

BSL is keen to work with service providers who have experience in holography or similar specialist printing technology of advanced micro-structure materials. We want to work with area experts who can add value to our brand, taking this concept idea and helping us to develop a finished product that not only meets but exceeds the basic requirements.

We will use the following criteria to select a provider for this work:
Criteria                   Weighting
Value for money 30%
Technical abilities of the company/individual 20%
Demonstrable experience of working with microstructure applications 30%
Quality of proposal against specification 20%

Due Diligence you will be required to:
• Sign an NDA
• Sign a contract that ensures that all IP will be sign over to BSL
• Undertake a PQQ process in line with our funders