We have a mature solar energy sector here, with expertise in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.
Dulas design, manufacture and install a range of solar PV systems including solar medical refrigeration. The pioneering business has played a key role in preventing illness and enhancing lives in the remotest parts of the world, including Africa, through its solar powered fridges, which allow vital vaccines to be preserved in areas beyond the reach of national grids. The World Health Organisation and UN are among the high-profile organisations working alongside the team from Mid Wales, who are setting new standards in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors.
BIPVco based in north Wales, designs and manufactures solar integrated roofs using super thin photovoltaic sheets integrated directly onto pre-coated metal and membrane components to create a combined PV roof system that can be installed in the same way as a conventional roofing system.
A business idea combining global ambition and revolutionary innovation is going to raise eyebrows. Add to that the potential for providing life-saving refrigeration in remote parts of the world without electricity and it’s easy to understand the appeal of Sure Chill. Ian Tansley was a product designer with great experience in emerging technologies and sustainable development. His Eureka moment came in 2008, while out walking in the Snowdonia National Park. He passed a frozen lake and reflected on the physics that allowed fish to continue swimming happily beneath the surface.
Sure Chill’s Chief Technical Officer went on to conceive a breakthrough refrigeration system that can operate without power for weeks. In 2014, the company received a $1.5 million award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the development of a passive vaccine cooler that works in some of the remotest places on the planet.
Sure Chill technology is now used in over 35 countries. As well as providing an environmentally-friendly solution in hostile environments, the company’s innovation also provides solutions in sustainable energy storage, breaking cold-chain barriers in food distribution and providing new opportunities for global drinks brands.
The company has developed a close working relationship with the Welsh Government, which has made a number of funds available to Sure Chill, ranging from Technical Commercial Feasibility funding to staff training in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and systems for sales and marketing.
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