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Published: 17 October 2013

ATI honoured with Elektra Award nomination

Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute has been recognised for its pioneering 4G solar cell research with a prestigious Elektra Award nomination.

The Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Renewable Energy Design Award for Hybrid nano-carbons for 4G renewable energy’ in the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards.

The Elektra Awards are the European electronics industry’s most important accolades. Now in their 11th year, they highlight the best new products, technological innovations and business achievements of the year, and honour the achievements of new and emerging engineering talent.

The ATI has been recognised for its pioneering work in the field of solar cell technology.  Professor Ravi Silva FREng, Head of the ATI, has defined a new generation of materials that is enabling the development of next generation (4G) solar cells. These devices maximise the harvesting of solar radiation, offering a more efficient, cost-effective solution than existing solar cells. Engineered using nanotechnology, the 4G solar cell materials are a hybrid of organic and inorganic materials.

Surrey is now working with other research institutions in the €11.6M European Union FP7 SMARTONICS programme to develop the smart machines, tools and processes for large-scale production of 4G solar cells.

The ATI is one of three bodies shortlisted in the Elektra Awards’ renewable energy category, having impressed a panel of judges from academia and industry.

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI, comments: “We are thrilled that the ATI technology for next generation inexpensive, large area 4G solar cells is shortlisted by Elektra as one of the key breakthrough technologies.”

“This patented technology, which is based on ‘inorganics-in-organics’ hybrid materials designed at the nanoscale, is now being prototyped and scaled-up for large area production with our European partners in the Smartonics programme. We hope to have this leapfrog technology available for commercial roll-out within the next two to four years. A number of major overseas companies have shown interest in working with us in exploiting our IP.”

Winners of the Elektra Awards will be announced at a special black-tie event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 27 November. The 2013 Awards will also present best practice in key areas including innovation, sales growth and employee motivation.