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Solar energy firm to build assembly line at MSIP

SolarisKit

Faisal Ghani: investing

A company making flat-pack solar water heaters to help some of the world’s poorest is to build an assembly line at the innovation centre on the site of the former Michelin tyre factory in Dundee.

SolarisKit, based at Heriot-Watt University, participated in the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc accelerator programme earlier this year.

In October it announced it had been accepted on to the next programme, joining seven other companies, and would be taking space as a tenant.

It now says it will be adding eight staff and creating an assembly line to develop its solar thermal collectors that provide clean energy to some of the world’s most challenging environments.

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.

“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.”

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Assembled in 30 minutes, the SolarisKit solar collector can convert sunlight efficiently into hot water to meet the needs of most homes or businesses, with the potential to save energy costs of up to 70%. In most standard weather conditions, the SolarisKit is capable of heating water to temperatures of up to 50C, perfect for normal showering and laundry requirements. Each collector can save about 300kg of carbon emissions per year.

By 2025, SolarisKit aims to install over 90,000 collectors a year, saving over 27 million kilograms of carbon emissions.

Promoted as a low carbon campus, MSIP is a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

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