§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment his Department has made of the development of a new design of solar electric cells by 367W Professor Green of the university of New South Wales, in so far as it is applicable to British weather conditions.
§ Mr. Ian Taylor
The new design of photovoltaic cells by Professor Green is an incremental development of current silicon PV cells. BP Solar, a major photovoltaic manufacturer in the United Kingdom, has a license to manufacture advanced PV cells based on Professor Green's earlier developments.
The DTI new and renewable energy programme is assessing PV technology for its future potential in the United Kingdom and also as an export opportunity for United Kingdom industry. This involves BP Solar and other United Kingdom manufacturers, and a continuing awareness of developments such as those by Professor Green.