UK-based Power Roll was established to develop and commercialize its innovative proprietary energy storage and energy generation technologies. PRL's mission is to produce ultra-thin flexible solar photo-voltaic films in continuous rolls using rapid low-cost process.
In 2011 Dr. John Topping, the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer, developed the initial concept behind the Power Roll’s proprietary grooved based technologies and undertook initial proof of concept studies. In December 2012, John together with Saul Joicey co-founded and established Big Solar Limited (now Power Roll Limited) with some early stage seed capital.
Since then, PRL continued to evolve and now is solely focused on perovskites - although its architecture allows for multiple absorber materials to be used.
PRL reports that it has validated its technology using perovskites with the aid of The University of Sheffield and is currently working with NREL and SPECIFIC to promote scale-up.
PRL has also worked with Solliance in the past who did a technology validation with its architecture.