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Eight19 secures £1.3m funding

The new investment follows two years of continued improvement in OPV (organic photovoltaic) performance, advances in manufacturing readiness and an increased engagement with customers in the retail, FMCG and IoT sectors

14 Jul 2017 | Editor

Eight19 has announced they have received a further £1.3 million of investment. Lucros Investment (Netherlands) joined existing investors IP Group, Clarium and Providence in the round.

The new investment follows two years of continued improvement in OPV (organic photovoltaic) performance, advances in manufacturing readiness and an increased engagement with customers in the retail, FMCG and IoT sectors.

Nick Stokman, Investment Manager at Lucros Investment, will join the Board of the Company

"We are delighted to have secured the additional funding, which will allow Eight19 to accelerate commercial engagement with customers through the delivery of complete energy autonomous solutions utilizing our flexible OPV."

"The funding will also enable the Company to accelerate the commercialization of a recent technology breakthrough at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University that could enhance the efficiency of conventional silicon solar panels by up to one quarter."
Claudio Marinelli, General Manager and VP Business Development

"Based on our experience in the renewable energy market, we believe that Eight19’s commercialisation expertise in thin film manufacturing, coupled with the ground-breaking photophysics innovation from Sir Richard Friend’s group at the Cavendish Laboratory, can deliver a very exciting and disruptive product in the field of photovoltaics renewable energy."
Nick Stokman, Investment Manager at Lucros Investment

"We are excited by the progress Eight19 is making with commercialisation of their OPV business. Their work with Cambridge University on thin film technology to enhance the performance of conventional silicon solar panels is highly innovative and has huge business potential."
Robert Trezona, Head of Cleantech at IP Group

Energy Autonomous, Bluetooth Low-Energy Module for Sensing and Broadcasting – Sample Demonstrator

Eight19 - OPV integrated demonstration units for indoor Bluetooth-connected temperature and light sensors powered

Figure: Eight19 - OPV integrated demonstration units for indoor Bluetooth-connected temperature and light sensors powered

Specification Sheet (21112015 - Specifications are subject to change)

Functionality Sensing and Broadcasting Sensing: can be fitted with temperature, light, humidity and other sensors Broadcasting: sending of sensor data or unique identifier
Power Consumption, advertising (Wa) 400 µW For identity broadcasting only advertising mode operation is required
Power Consumption, connected (Wc) 800 µW Wp is reduced (can be zeroed) for advertising only operation
Transmission Interval (T) 1 second Can be varied depending on application requirements
Transmission Distance (D) 3-30 metre Distance is set by selecting transmission power - programmable from +4 to -40dBm
Size (l x w x h) 66 x 110 x 2.5 mm Footprint can be modified. It can be reduced for modules operating only in broadcasting mode
Operating Temperature 0 - 65 °C
Bluetooth Low Energy CoC Nordic nRF51822 (32-bit ARM Cortex) Alternative BLE chip possible - e.g., Texas instruments, Analog Devices, ST Microelectronics
Power Management MCU ATtiny25 Can be upgraded to more efficient units
Energy Storage ANVX 60mF supercapacitor This could be replaced with a rechargeable battery to reduce cost and allow energy autonomous operation over night as well as during daytime
Other components TBD A small number of external passive components are required to interface with antennas and power source

Source: Eight19

www.eight19.com   


About Eight19

Eight19, which takes its name from the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth - 8 minutes and 19 seconds - is a developer and manufacturer of organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules on plastic using roll-to-roll production processes.

Originating from technology initially developed at Cambridge University in the UK, these thin, flexible, robust and light-weight solar modules benefit from high-speed manufacturing and low fabrication costs.

Eight19 combines world leading expertise in roll-to-roll manufacture of OPV with the know-how required to integrate energy harvesting, power management, sensors and wireless data transmission technologies to deliver solutions for consumer products, Internet of Thing, advertising and retail logistics In a connected digital world where access to clean electrical power is becoming more important than ever, Eight19’s technology can provide power where it’s needed.

Source: Eight19


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