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MTI leads GBP2m funding round in Oxford Photovoltaics

Cleantech investment specialist MTI Partners has completed a GBP2m investment round in Oxford Photovoltaics (OPV), an Oxford University spin-out materials/cleantech company commercialising solid-state dye sensitized solar cells for the building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) sector.

These new, transparent solar cells can be produced from inexpensive, abundant, non-toxic and non-corrosive materials and be scaled to any volume. They can be printed directly onto glass in a range of colours, making them ideally suited to use in glazing panels and facades.

This latest investment round allows OPV to build on its technical and commercial teams and construct its own product development and test facilities at the Begbroke Science Park near Oxford.

The financing was led by MTI through its UMIP Premier Fund (UPF) alongside investment from the University of Oxford and a number of private investors.

Kevin Arthur, chief executive of OPV, says: “Our company is making huge strides in the scale-up and commercialisation of this technology, our new product development facility at Begbroke will incorporate state of the art printing techniques to enable us to manufacture larger modules and begin the technology transfer of our new, high efficiency MSSC technology.

“In addition, our new test and qualification facility will fast track our programme to deliver modules that meet internationally accepted standards and specifications for photovoltaic products.”

David Ward, managing partner and head of cleantech investing at MTI says: “We are delighted with the technical and commercial progress of the business since MTI supported OPV’s spin out in 2011. The company is addressing a huge potential market opportunity and the building of the product development facility is an important step on the road to full commercialisation.

“MTI’s core philosophy is to back innovative, IP rich companies that aim to create value from satisfying major market needs. OPV is an excellent example of the type of business that MTI backs.”

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