Wattwatchers behind-the-scenes in exciting ‘printed solar’ commercial demo

Wattwatchers congratulates the University of Newcastle (UON), its Centre for Organic Electronics (COE) and industry partner CHEP Australia on their recently installed ‘printed solar technology’ commercial-scale demonstration.

One of the most rewarding things for the Wattwatchers team is seeing our cutting-edge energy management solutions being deployed in support of world-leading clean energy research and innovation.

The UON-COE installation of its international attention grabbing printed solar technology at CHEP Australia’s local industrial facility in the Hunter region of NSW is a case in point.

CHEP, part of the Brambles Group, is a multinational transport pallets company with a strong corporate focus on sustainability.

Wattwatchers was deployed at CHEP’s Beresfield logistics facility near Newcastle to provide real-time energy monitoring ahead of the planned installation of the groundbreaking printed solar technology, developed at the university’s Centre for Organic Electronics (COE).

CHEP had previously trialled Wattwatchers devices for energy management at one of its Sydney facilities, to monitor industrial equipment, before selecting Wattwatchers for the printed solar commercial demonstration project.

Data is provided to CHEP and the University of Newcastle via the Wattwatchers cloud server and monitoring API, part of an expanding suite of applications programming interfaces.

The printed solar project at the University of Newcastle is led by physicist, Professor Paul Dastoor, who has created ultra-lightweight solar cells – printed on plastic with electronic ink – with the potential to revolutionise the commercial rollout of rooftop systems.

Among prominent use cases, many large warehouse facilities with expansive roof space are not able to carry the weight of traditional solar panels, but are ideal for this lightweight and lower-cost alternative.

Professor Paul Dastoor from the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Organic Electronics … creator of the printed solar technology now being demonstrated at commercial scale.

See You Tube video from the University of Newcastle.

See CHEP’s detailed announcement of the UON-COE partnership.