BUILDING INTEGRATED SOLAR MATERIAL
Currently seeking investment, partnerships, collaborations and licensing opportunities to develop 2nd generation prototypes ready for market
Building Integrated Solar Material
This exciting new technology merges solar energy capture systems with common roofing materials. The technology forms the foundation for one of WaikatoLink's seed companies, Solenza.We are currently developing three separate solar roofing panel designs to carry out the following functions:
- Solar hot water generation
- Combined solar hot water and electricity generation
As green energy solutions become more popular, it will be important for solar panels to complement the design of a building. Building-integrated solar panels are designed to join seamlessly with metal roofing, producing an aesthetically-pleasing finish to any roof.
- Industrial, commercial or residential solar energy installations
- A building-integrated alternative to unsightly 'bolt-on' solar panels
- Simultaneous electricity and water heating outputs
- Increased electrical performance due to cooling of PV cells
We are currently seeking investment, partnerships, collaborations and licensing opportunities to develop 2nd generation prototypes ready for market.
- Darren Harpur
- Commercialisation Manager
Darren Harpur | Commercialisation Manager
Darren Harpur is responsible for the management several companies spun out of research conducted at the University of Waikato. As a commercial manager Darren is also involved in creating value for businesses out of new research carried out at the University of Waikato. Darren works closely with researchers at the University to help shape these opportunities early in the research pipeline, and engages with industry to help identify the needs/problems that exist.
Darren comes from a background of 15 years experience in the financial sector, ranging from international trade and finance, commercial lending and retail banking. Darren managed a business contracted by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to deliver business management and advisory services to small and medium enterprises in the greater Lake Taupo District, and has owned several businesses himself. He has acted as a mentor to business owners under a nationally funded Business Mentor program. Most recently Darren co-managed a large scale residential gated golf estate. Darren has a broad and extensive knowledge of risks facing early stage business start ups and has experience in business planning and strategic planning.
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