Eight19, which takes its name from the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth - 8 minutes and 19 seconds - is a developer and manufacturer of third generation solar cells based on printed plastic. Originating from technology initially developed at Cambridge University in the UK, these flexible, robust, lightweight solar modules benefit from high-speed manufacturing and low fabrication costs. With a fraction of the embedded energy of conventional solar modules, printed plastic solar modules are particularly well suited to consumer and off-grid applications.
In 2011, Eight19 launched Indigo, a new way to deliver solar power in emerging economies that brings off-grid solar power to a new generation of users, transforming lives and accelerating economic development. Indigo was spun-out into Azuri Technologies in 2012, and provides a key route to market for Eight19 into high volume off-grid applications.
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