FibrLec is a new sustainable energy company working with the University of Bolton to commercialise the University’s innovative smart materials

The company was formed recently by a University of Bolton graduate. The Institute for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies (IREET) and Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI) both at the University of Bolton are officially regarded as world leading centres for “smart material” science. Professors at the Centres have invented a piezoelectric photovoltaic fibre which is capable of converting energy from sunlight, wind and rain. This new FibrLec material, which is in the form of an extruded polymer, is being taken to market by FibrLec Ltd. The proceeds from the commercialisation will support scholarships and bursaries for students in need of financial support to study in science, technology and maths (STEM) at the University. This is particularly important at a time when the costs of higher education in England for all students have increased significantly.

To build a sustainable brand and to bring the product to market, FibrLec have agreed to be the principal sponsor for the Bolton Wanderers Football Club. This will promote FibrLec’s new and innovative sustainable energy material on a national and international stage through the medium of football and associated publicity.

The University already has a close working relationship with Bolton Wanderers in the field of sport and exercise science and sports rehabilitation for elite athletes. This latest commercial venture builds further on this strategic partnership. As a consequence of this development the new 2013-14 BWFC strip will carry the logo of FibrLec and the University of Bolton in the usual position for principal sponsor. BWFC is proud to work with University of Bolton graduates on a renewable and sustainable energy project which benefits the UK’s carbon footprint and moreover will benefit the next generation of students through scholarships.

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