May 15, 2012
The EU-funded Clean4Yield project will be officially launched on May 1. Coordinated by Holst Centre/TNO, the three-year project brings together commercial and research partners from Europe and Israel to tackle one of the most pressing issues in organic electronics – ensuring high enough yields for cost-effective manufacturing. To this end, the partners will develop new technologies for inspecting, cleaning and repairing moving foils...
May 10, 2012
A group of the world’s leading off-grid clean energy entrepreneurs including Eight19, today sent a letter to the World Bank Group to secure up to $500 million to de-risk off-grid clean energy investments at the upcoming Rio+20 conference. The following is the official press release:
Global Civil Society backs call to...
May 9, 2012
Today's Daily Telegraph's "Careers in Energy" supplement features Eight19 as a leading example of the "application of science."
Real-world data will accelerate product development
May 8 2012, Cambridge UK: Eight19, which launched its Indigo pay-as-you go personal solar electricity system for off-grid communities in Kenya in September 2011, has begun trials of fully printed plastic solar modules in Africa. Based on Eight19’s Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the Indigo solar home systems have been deployed in South Sudan in order to evaluate the performance of the new...
April 30, 2012
The World Energy Forum has highlighted how Eight19 is "breaking new ground" in the struggle to provide underdeveloped and poverty stricken communities with affordable power.
"The company is creatively tackling the issue of...
April 29, 2012
Today's Sunday Times newspaper features an article on Eight19 and Indigo pay-as-you-go solar.
The "Africa Enjoys Light Bulb Moment" half page piece describes how a "British company has come up with a plan to install a 'pay as you go' charging system."
Eight19's CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth explains in the interview with The Sunday Times: "We recognised that people in Africa have the same aspirations as you or me. They don't...
April 26, 2012
April 26, 2012, Cambridge UK: Active supporters of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched in 2012, Eight19 has joined the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP).
Global LEAP is a senior forum that brings together governments, the private sector and development partners to share knowledge and best practices under a set of commonly held principles to encourage self-...
April 26, 2012
Eight19's Indigo pay-as-you-go solar was today highlighted by the UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative as a story of innovative work being done towards achieving the Secretary-General's three objectives to achieve sustainable energy for all.
Indigo was noted to be making progress in all three objectives of energy efficiency, renewable energy and universal access; "With access to clean and reliable energy, Eight19's Indigo has provided inhabitants...
April 20, 2012
A McKinsey & Company research report into the solar-power industry suggests that "the overall solar market will continue to grow—even though subsidies are expected to dry up."
Under the recommendations to 'develop targeted customer offerings,' the report highlights Eight19's work with Indigo:
"Companies could partner with local project developers to gain access to reliable distribution channels and secure access to finance for...
April 17, 2012
"Pay As You Go Sunshine: How Solar Energy and Mobile Phones are Powering the Developing World"
In today’s special edition of “Digital Diversity”, Olivia O’Sullivan, interviews Simon Bransfield-Garth, the CEO of Eight19:
"The fact that the weekly fee actually reduces users’ spend, by eliminating the cost of kerosene and charging phones, makes it much easier for us to sell into the market because we sell from the point of view...