Case study

Innovation Challenge: Harvesting energy from the sun, wind and rain - University of Bolton

22 Sep 2014

The University of Bolton developed a fibre for use in smart textile applications that are exposed to elements such as sun, wind and rain.

The fibre is capable of converting such elements into usable electrical energy. The multiple award-winning technology has a vast spectrum of use - from wearables, sails, building facades, tyres, artificial trees, carpets to name but a few. A new company FibrLec was established to commercialise the technology and the creation of a British manufacturing plant that will employ over 50 staff and export globally is in the pipeline.

While it is difficult to estimate the total market for such a broad platform technology, £1m has been spent by FibrLec from the technology's development through to prototype stage.