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Space-age test centre at university.

A FACILITY enabling businesses to test a range of plastic electronics, space-related equipment and solar cells has opened at Bangor University The Centre for Lifetime And REliabilty Testing (Claret) has been supported with Welsh Assembly Government funding through the A4B programme, which has awarded the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University a grant of PS500,000.

The industry-standard facility will provide regional and national businesses involved in the design, manufacture or integration of opto-electronic and material technologies, with lifetime and reliability testing facilities, with access to academic expertise and business support.

Glyn Fargher, business development manager for the Claret project said: "The UK plastic electronics sector is the world's fifth biggest worth approximately PS0.25bn.

"Moreover the solar photovoltaic sector, one of the eight key renewable energy technologies, is predicted to be worth PS15bn to the UK by 2018.

He added "The new Claret laboratories will support high-level research at the school as well as allowing it to work with local business on research and development for new and exciting plastic electronics such as OLEDs."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 29, 2014
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