Solaires sees energy solution

Dive into the cleantech company's latest innovation. Plus, Chamber Chats and a crowdfunding campaign.


Welcome to this week’s Midweek Memo, brought to you by Easly. In this issue, learn more about Origen Air’s crowdfunding campaign, discover how employers can help parents, check back in with Chamber Chats, and plenty more.

Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 834 words, a three-minute read.

Photo credit: Solaires

Battery-driven devices — such as electric vehicles and smart gadgets — are booming, creating a higher demand for energy to recharge them. Instead of upgrading the power grid, it seems much more efficient to provide each device with the ability to generate its own energy from renewable resources.

This is the key question behind Solaires, the Victoria-based cleantech company developing a material that will better capture solar energy: perovskite. Rather than silicon, Solaires uses the emerging composite to transform clean technologies.

“In order to produce our product, it's a chemical composition — we don’t use any scarce resource,” co-founder Fabian de la Fuente told Victoria Tech Journal. “Our technology is very light, flexible, and translucent; something that silicon cannot be.”

Its newest innovation recycles indoor light to create a renewable energy source:

Solaires is a spinoff from UVic, co-founded by de la Fuente alongside Sahar Sam, the company’s chief science officer. Sam completed her PhD and postdoctoral work at the UVic in materials and mechanical engineering, where she developed transparent and conductive films for applications in touchscreens and solar cells. The company also recently added Sri Peruvemba to the C-suite as CMO.


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📰 More Victoria innovation news

🌬️ Crowd: Local cleantech outfit Origen Air has launched a public crowdfunding campaign.

👶 Caregivers: Christie Horsman, the Victoria-based VP of marketing at Vancouver-based Thinkific, wrote in Entrepreneur about how employers can help working parents during the busy fall season.

🚘️ Cars: A recent episode of the Chamber Chats podcast featured Amy Jones of Galaxy Motors and Mandu Goebel of the Campus Auto Group in conversation with Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams.


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