As a result of the project, lead SME partner Opus Materials Technologies filed a patent on the technology using the brand name SolarSharc™ alongside an e-commerce platform to market the product ( www.sharcmatter.com), and are now an exclusive licensee of TWI’s VitoNano™ technology.
David Hannan, Business Development Director, who is leading the development of the Sharc Matter® platform said, ‘We are delighted to have secured this exclusive licence following negotiations with TWI. Having experience of the technology through the development of Solar Sharc, a self- cleaning coating for Solar PV, we recognised the broader application of TWI’s VitoNano® technology, and are looking forward to facilitating market access for the first time. Industrial application for products such as anti-foul coatings and novel adhesives we believe is just the tip of the iceberg and the technology can provide multiple benefits.’
Interest in the project has been received from the US, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, but the story doesn’t end there, as the SolPlus partners have won further funding from InnovateUK for the next phase of the development work as an intermediate scale project.
Meanwhile, the scale-up and application of the technology is now being pursued in the emerging European BIPV sector under an EC funded Fast Track Innovation project. This is one of the first projects to be won by the newly created Advanced Resins Coatings Technology Innovation Centre (ARCTIC) - a partnership between TWI and London South Bank University. The project consists of partners from Finland, Spain, France and the UK, and is being led by ARCTIC director Professor Géraldine Durand.
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