The University of Johannesburg (UJ)’s intellectual property company has been awarded R100 million by Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), for efforts to strengthen green energy efficiency research and innovation.
According to IDC, financial commitment to Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property Company (PTIP) is a vital investment into renewable energy production and it highlights the significant role played by PTIP in implementing the green economy targets.
“The success achieved at the pilot plant led to much interest both locally and internationally and PTIP is currently in the process of establishing a semi-commercial plant at Technopark near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape,” said IDC in a statement.
It said that the facility consists of a full range of research facilities and includes new state-of-the-art in-line diffusion furnaces, developed in cooperation with a strategic German partner.
“Singulus Technologies Kahl designed these furnaces to enable quicker and more efficient production of solar panels, illustrating the viability of the production process. Singulus Technologies will also provide specialised washing machines and chemical systems to PTIP,” said IDC.
It added that that once all the equipment is installed the facility will produce a market-ready product in a similar size than a full commercial facility - with the same appearance, quality and specifications.