Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV), the company pioneering thin-film perovskite solar technology for building integrated photovoltaics, has announced that Dr David Fyfe is to become its new Chairman.
Dr Fyfe’s highly distinguished career has seen him go from setting up and running a research laboratory for the British Steel Corporation to ten years at the helm of Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), a spin out from Cambridge University.
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CDT, he took the firm from a laboratory-based research company, through a NASDAQ flotation, to a sale for US$ 285 million to Japanese corporation Sumitomo Chemicals.
In 2009 he, along with Professor Sir Richard Friend of Cambridge University, was awarded the Institute of Physics’ Business and Innovation Medal for guiding CDT to a pre-eminent position in the development of light-emitting polymers and in the development of the technology for flat-panel displays and lighting.
Prior to taking over at CDT, Dr Fyfe held a range of high levels posts in the chemical and materials industries including President and CEO of US corporate Harris Specialty Chemicals and Vice-President of Tremco Inc. both of which operated in the construction industry.
Having divided his career between the US and UK, Dr Fyfe has a consultancy portfolio in both countries and is on several other boards, including Acal Energy based in Runcorn, UK and the Holst Centre based in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Commenting on the appointment, Oxford PV’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Arthur, said: “We are delighted to have David on board as our Chairman. His extensive industry knowledge and considerable international experience in leading companies, such as CDT, to commercial success will be of significant benefit to Oxford PV, as we move ahead with plans to develop and license our technology.”
Dr David Fyfe said: “I am delighted to again have the opportunity to contribute to the commercial success of a world-leading, cutting edge, British technology. I look forward to working with the board of directors and with Kevin Arthur and his team to create substantial value for the shareholders and employees of Oxford Photovoltaics.”
Oxford PV, a spin out from Oxford University, has pioneered the development of perovskite thin-film solar cells, which can be printed directly onto glass to produce a semi-transparent, robust layer. Once integrated in a glass-clad building, the technology is capable of powering much of the building’s lighting and IT infrastructure using solar power.
By employing a simple manufacturing process focussed on inexpensive and abundant raw materials, Oxford PV has developed a cost-effective technology that it will be able to license to glass manufacturers and processors.