Between 2012-2014, with the support of the National Centre for Research and Development, we ran a project entitled ‘Research on the development of third generation photovoltaic cells, the future of RES’ (POIG.01.04.00-04-097 / 12). As a result of the project, we developed a range of Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The titanium oxide photosensitive dyes used by us show a 21% higher conversion efficiency of solar energy to electricity using the most efficient N719 dye available on the market, and a 46% higher rate than with the popular Z907 dye.
Since January 2016 we have been running a project co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under POIR 1.1.1, which aims to develop a unique and as-yet unavailable film and hydrogel containing 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) plant hormone – a compound that delays the natural ripening process of fruit and vegetables. For industrial crops, so-called 1-MCP hormone gassing is usually used. However, it is not possible for small growers, processors, supermarkets, small fruit/vegetable retailers or individual households to make use of this compound. All of these groups also suffer from losses caused by too much spoilage of fruits and vegetables. But these losses could be significantly lower if they could use natural methods to delay ripening.