Startup spins out pay-as-you-go solar
Eight19, a startup formed in 2010, will continue to focus on the development of its printed plastic solar cell technology, while Azuri will focus on expanding the Indigo product.
Indigo – currently based on conventional solar cell technology – is being rolled-out in Africa and the Indian sub-continent. These products replace poorly performing kerosene lamps which contribute to ill-health and carbon footprint in emerging economies. Indigo is currently deployed in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, South Sudan, Uganda and South Africa and has enjoyed rapid expansion.
The entire Indigo activity has transferred to Azuri and Simon Bransfield-Garth will remain CEO of both companies.
It is expected that Azuri will provide a route to market for Eight19’s printed plastic solar products and Eight19 providing the supply of low cost, lightweight and flexible solar technology. Eight19 began organic solar trials in Africa earlier this year.