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Scottish Solar Start-up SolarisKit Opens Production Line at Dundee Campus

David Paul

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SolarisKit

The firm has joined an accelerator programme at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc to fast-track production of its flat-packable solar thermal collector.

An Edinburgh-based cleantech startup is set to establish a production facility on Dundee’s new ‘low carbon’ campus.

SolarisKit is joining the new accelerator programme at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) to expand the production of solar thermal collection tech.

The firm will move to MSIP in January to establish a new assembly line to build its collectors, which the firm says will provide “affordable hot water systems and clean energy to Scottish homes.”

Commenting on the setup in Dundee, Faisal Ghani, founder and CEO of SolarisKit said: “Our plan is to setup a new manufacturing assembly line by the end of January to produce an initial run of 100 flat-packable solar thermal units destined for a trial project we are undertaking in Rwanda to demonstrate both the environmental and socio-economic impact achieved from the supply of affordable clean energy.

“To prepare for this, we are currently investing in equipment and production tooling. In our first year of manufacture, we aim to employ an initial eight staff, doubling the size of the workforce over the following two years.”

SolarisKit’s solar collector converts sunlight into hot water to “meet the needs of most homes or businesses,” with the potential to save energy costs of up to 70%. By 2025, SolarisKit says it hopes to install over 90,000 collectors, annually saving over 27 million kilograms of carbon emissions.

Greig Coull, CEO at MSIP said: “SolarisKit is an exciting start-up company with huge growth potential. Its solar technology is another example of a new company contributing to and delivering towards ambitious climate change plans around the world, creating carbon neutral economic growth.

“SolarisKit not only fits well with the scope of the ambition at MSIP, its ethos of creating inclusive places for people to live very much matches our own. We believe in its mission to deliver affordable hot water systems and clean energy for those living in developing nations and will support SolarisKit as much as we can.

“We were excited to welcome SolarisKit onto our first Accelerator Programme earlier this year, and today are pleased to soon welcome them as a tenant at MSIP.”

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The move to Dundee is another milestone for SolarisKit this year. The company secured £250,000 in funding in January through Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Programme to begin trialling of tech in Africa.

Ghani said at the time: “By focusing on the development of low-cost, high-value solar technology, our goal is to lower global carbon emissions while helping to improve the lives of millions of people in the developing world.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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