Solar technology developed by British scientists has set a new world record for the amount of the sun’s energy converted to electricity by a single cell. Oxford PV, a spin out of Oxford University, has spent a decade working on more efficient solar technology. The fruits of its labour is a ground-breaking solar cell that can convert 29.5 per cent of solar energy into electricity. That far outstrips the performance rate of average solar cells, that convert just 15-20 per cent of solar energy into electricity.
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Riding Sunbeams has secured a variety of different funding from both the public purse and private investment this year to help fund its work on developing solar-powered railways. It has secured £400,000 from the Department for Transport and Innovate UK’s First of a Kind 2020 programme, £2.5 million from the South East Local Enterprise Partnerships’ share of the government’s Getting Building Fund and its first tranche of commercial funding from Thrive Renewables and Friends Provident Foundation. Having the government finace – which is designated for supporting innovation – combined with private funding “is excellent”, Riding Sunbeams’ executive director Ollie Pendered told Solar Power Portal, adding that “until we have a route to market with Network Rail, it’s really essential to have received government funding”. Riding Sunbeams is currently working on developing the route to market for solar-powered railways, with the latest government funding to support the 3.75MW Cuckmere Community Solar Farm, “a really important flagship project” due to its role in proving this route to market. The project is to directly power the Eastbourne-London mainline railway and is the world’s first MW-scale solar plant to directly power a railway, following on from Riding Sunbeam’s demonstrator project in Aldershot. The community element of Cuckmere – with Riding Sunbeams working with Cuckmere Community Solar on the farm – are “core to our business strategy”, according to Pendered, who highlighted how the community benefits and community involvement elements of its projects are “intrinsic” to how Riding Sunbeams works.
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