SunDrive is a solar technology start-up based in the city of Wollongong, Australia.
The company was founded by UNSW graduates Vince Allen and David Hu in 2015 to accelerate solar cell development in Australia.
SunDrive is creating unique solutions to reduce the cost of high efficiency solar cells, whilst enhancing their performance and sustainability by utilising more abundant materials.
Today solar is still niche, contributing to only 3% of global electricity generation. If we are to realise a world where our main energy source is the Sun, then we need to look beyond the design of the traditional solar cell.
At SunDrive, we are developing a new breed of solar cells with the future in mind.
Solar cells that are:
- More efficient.
Leads to fewer solar panels needed, reducing installation costs.
- Free of precious metals.
Today’s solar cells contain precious metals which are both expensive and scarce.
- Less material intensive.
Saves on material costs - achieved by reducing the solar cell thickness.
- Less prone to degradation.
Solar cells degrade with time and temperature - its important to minimise this.
- Less energy intensive to produce.
Saves on manufacturing costs and reduces environmental impact.
In 2019, SunDrive successfully fabricated such a solar cell and in doing so made the most efficient industrial-size solar cell ever created in Australia.
A proud moment for the team, given Australia’s rich heritage in advancing solar cell technology - today’s commercial solar cells were invented in Australia 30 years ago.