Jade Business Park’s Power Roll raises £2.5m investment to support global growth

Power Roll, the developer of ultra-low-cost and lightweight flexible film for energy generation and storage, has raised a further £2.5m from existing investors.

The investment will support continuing growth and the establishment of a pilot solar film production plant at Jade Business Park in County Durham. The investment includes £750k from the private equity firm Maven and another £750k from Kero Limited, an investment firm specialising in innovative engineering technologies.

Power Roll’s lightweight flexible film uses a patented microgroove technology that simplifies the manufacturing process and enables high-speed roll-to-roll production. The funding will enable Power Roll to demonstrate the feasibility of this unique solar film production process at pilot-scale, before licensing out the technology to global manufacturers.

Neil Spann, chief executive, Power Roll, says: “This new investment will enable us to further scale up our business and take a significant step closer to mass commercialisation. We’ll be able to demonstrate production to other manufacturers and prove that our technology can deliver the lowest levelised cost of electricity for any solar technology – is less than a tenth of the cost to manufacture than other flexible PV.”

Michael Dickens, investment manager at Maven, adds: “Power Roll is an innovative and growing business and we’re delighted to provide further funding following the company’s strong growth. Neil and the team have worked hard to open the new facility at Jade Business Park and it’s been a great move for the business as they continue to expand their customer reach and invest in the technology of their product. We look forward to working with Power Roll as they embark on their next phase of growth

Roger Doo, Director of Kero, concludes: “Kero’s mission is to support innovative technologies that solve real world problems – and it’s hard to see a better fit than Power Roll. The ability of the lightweight solar film to capture solar energy from previously unsuitable rooftop or vehicle roof locations has the potential to dramatically improve green energy usage across the globe.  We’re proud to continue to support this team and are excited about the future.”