RCA Corporation, founded as the Radio Corporation of America, was an American electronics company in existence from 1919 to 1986 when General Electric took over the company in 1985 and split it up the following year.The RCA trademark is used by Sony Music Entertainment and Technicolor, which licenses the name to other companies such as Audiovox and TCL Corporation for products descended from that common ancestor. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 26, 2017
CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. And find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. I made a pledge for 2017: No Bluetooth-speaker deals unless they're really unique in some way. And yet I feel like I'm still sharing a ton of speakers, because there are so many interesting ones these days! Indeed, here's a style I've never encountered before, for a price that's pretty darn amazing: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Universal Goods and Sales via Amazon has the RCA WPBT1 Bluetooth wall-outlet speaker for $9.99 when you apply promo code CHEAPSK9 at checkout. Shipping is free for Prime subscribers. Update: This is now sold out from this seller. You may see the speaker from other sellers on Amazon, but the promo code will not work. This is actually an older product, but as I said: new to me. It's hard to find elsewhere, but a few places have it for anywhere from $25-45. And while I discovered there are indeed other "outlet speakers" like this, most of them are priced in the $30-50 range. The RCA has kind of an old-school, Radio Shack look to it. Picture something about the size of a box of Pop-Tarts, but all white, and with wall prongs coming out the back. Alas, because of the centralized placement of those prongs, the speaker blocks both outlets regardless of which one you plug it into. Dumb -- but tolerable. It's literally the definition of plug-and-play: You plug it in, pair it to something, and start playing. Because it's always on, it's a great match for an Amazon Echo Dot -- and that's precisely what I paired it with in my bedroom. Make no mistake, this is a small speaker, not something designed to fill a large room. Rather, it's designed to offer bigger, better sound than what comes from the tiny speaker built into your phone, tablet or Echo Dot. And that's exactly how I'd describe the sound quality: a huge improvement over a built-in speaker, but no one will mistake this for Bose. And did I mention it's 10 bucks? If you're looking for a Father's Day gift, this is the kind of thing I bet your dad would totally dig. And if you just want a simple speaker for the garage, den, bathroom, bedroom, dorm room, etc., it's hard to beat the simplicity -- or price -- of this one. Bonus deal: Quite possibly the polar opposite of the little RCA, Meh has the Onkyo SKS-HT594 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos speaker system for $194, plus $5 for shipping. Original MSRP: $599.99. Price elsewhere: more like $329. That is, of course, today only, and while supplies last. This six-piece package includes a pair of large bookshelf speakers that feature a special "height" top-mounted driver, plus center and surround channel speakers, and a 10-inch, 120-watt powered subwoofer. I stole that description from CNET's review, which wasn't super-positive, but ultimately found this an affordable and efficient way to add Dolby Atmos to your home theater. And that conclusion was based on the $600 price tag.
News Article | April 25, 2017
LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roku, Inc. and the RCA brand, in conjunction with Display-Vu Corp. an affiliate of Curtis International Ltd., today announced that RCA, the iconic brand and long-time symbol of American ingenuity, is the latest brand to join the Roku TV™ licensing program. The RCA brand TVs will leverage the Roku TV platform to build and deliver smart TVs that run the Roku® OS in the U.S. and Canada. The RCA Roku TVs will be available in the coming months, providing consumers
News Article | May 3, 2017
Soundbars make a lot of sense. On their own, most TVs simply don’t have the capacity to output stunning video and exceptional audio. Unless you’re buying a top-of-the-line from LG, you’re probably only getting the former without the latter. But there’s still hope. You can buy an awesome-sounding soundbar on the cheap and you’ll never have to listen to awful audio ever again. Trying to find the best soundbar deals, however, can be tedious. It’s a world filled with random series of numbers (take, for example, the Vizio SB-3830-D0 38-inch soundbar) and crazy differences in price. It’s overwhelming for most, and inconvenient for everyone. But that’s why you have us. We’ve found tons of cheap soundbars you need to check out ASAP. This answer is going to be different for everyone. Some people are fine with a standard soundbar – no subwoofer, no streaming capabilities. Others might want the sub, but no streaming. Others might want all of the above, plus two satellite speakers. It’s a your-miles-may-vary situation. That said, we can give you some good ideas of what to look for and where to find those great deals when they pop up. For most folks, you really just want the basic package: a soundbar with a digital audio cable input that should connect to most modern TVs. You can get a bit tricky with HDMI passthroughs, RCA inputs and 3.5mm jacks, but sometimes basic is better. Of course, we also recommend looking for soundbars with a subwoofer included, that way you’ll get the full audio range from your favorite TV shows and movies, not just the highs and the mids. There’s plenty of soundbars to pick from, and more coming out every week, so without further ado here are the best soundbar deals we’ve found this month. Basic, but in a good way Samsung's HW-J355 is one of the best-selling soundbars, and for good reason. Not only does it offer good sound quality from its four combined-120W tweeters, but also comes with a wired subwoofer to add some meat to the sound. It's a bit on the trim side at 37.13 x 2.28 x 2.56 inches, but it only weighs 3.5 lbs. The accompanying subwoofer is wired, so that might be one hang-up, and you won't find a ton of ports here. On the plus side, though, it comes with 3D Sound Plus, which tries to simulate a surround sound effect using some clever sonic tricks. If you don't mind something basic, this is your guy. Don't want to be tied to a subwoofer? We don't blame you. If you want the same robust quality of sound without the extra black box, check out the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System. The bar measures in at a fair 2.6 x 21.6 x 3.4 inches (H x W x D) and 3.73 lbs, making it easy to wall-mount. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned it takes optical audio, coaxial audio and 3.5mm auxiliary. It comes with a remote control, which we appreciate, and has built-in Bluetooth. If you're looking for a soundbar that strikes the balance between feature set, performance and price, LG's SH7B is it. That said, it might cost a bit more than you were looking to spend. Thankfully it's very often on sale. This soundbar measures in at 41.73 x 2.09 x 3.35 inches, making it perfect for 49-inch and up TVs. The soundbar excels in the movie department – lasers, explosions and crushing bodily impacts in football hit home with impactful blasts of sound – but it's probably not the best soundbar for the music lover out there. The M4 soundbar is easy to love. It might not be the most glamorous to look at, stubbornly only supports 2.1 channels of sound, and has never heard of Wi-Fi, but if there’s a better sounding soundbar on the market for less than £400/$400, we haven’t heard it. If you're looking for hard numbers, the Q4 measures in at 1000 x 90 x 142mm (W x H x D) and weighs 4.9 kg. There's no subwoofer here or shot at simulated surround sound, but that's because Q Acoustics has very deliberately kept things simple by not attempting to ‘muddy the waters’ by trying to apply (often ugly) psycho-acoustic processing. Not content with dominating the TV world, Samsung now seems to have its sights set on becoming the number one brand for home entertainment audio, too. To that end, the Samsung HW-MS650 Sound+ Soundbar is one of our favorite pieces of AV equipment made this year – which is why we gave it our coveted Editor's Choice award when it came out in April. Simply said, Samsung has rewritten the rulebook with the HW-MS650. No other one-body soundbar has combined so much raw power with so much clarity, scale and, especially, bass, or excelled so consistently with both films and music. It’s the sort of performance that only genuine audio innovation can deliver. If you can afford it, this is the soundbar you need in your living room. Just when you think you really know a company, it goes and releases something completely out of left-field. Take Razer: historically, it’s been a peddler of pointers and the king of keyboards. Then they release the Razer Leviathan, a really smart soundbar that costs less than most TVs. Razer's audio monster might not have the most power-per-inch at only 30 watts, but we really liked how low it could go with the accompanying subwoofer. Plus, while other speakers on this list might not even attempt surround sound, Razer gives it the ol' college try and actually does a decent job with it. It might not be as good as a true 7.1 system, but try finding one of those for under $199/£159. One of the best deals on high-end soundbars comes in the form of Sony's HT-NT5. This 6.1 soundbar offers 400 watts of power and, for the audiophiles out there, supports 24-bit/96KHz Hi-Res Audio. The main bar is 42.51 x 2.28 x 5.00 inches (W x H x D) while the accompanying wireless subwoofer sits at a portly 7.48 × 15.0 × 15.2 inches. As far as inputs and outputs are concerned, it has Analog Audio In, Bluetooth Reception, Bluetooth Transmission, Ethernet, USB, three HDMI-Ins and one HDMI-Out. Beyond traditional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the HT-NT5 also supports multi-room listening through Sony's SongPal app, and works with Google Home. With four HDMI inputs and 4K passthrough, myriad other connections and Bluetooth streaming, it's tempting to call the Arcam Solo Bar as much of a home cinema hub as a soundbar. It also adds Bluetooth aptX for good measure, rendering your streamed tunes listenable at last. Well connected it may be, but this 1,000 x 130 x 110mm unit offers more than one-cable nirvana, with its two speakers offering a lot more meat than the average flat TV. Want more welly? Just add Arcam's wireless Solo Sub. Want it for a steal? We've got you covered.
News Article | May 3, 2017
Some of us have a strange fear of projectors. That they’re some unknowable quantity that only AV students and master electricians can understand. But trust us, they’re not. Projectors are just as easy to set up as a new flatscreen and, guess what, they usually have a larger max screen size, too. Summarized, the benefits of a projector include a more cinematic experience in your home with a massive image, great resolution and cost, often, less than the 65 or 75-inch screen you had in mind. There are some downsides here, too, including caring for a lamp and some input delay in some cases, but the pros far outweigh the cons. But you knew all that already, right? That’s why you’re here looking for a the best cheap projector and not, I don’t know, perusing cheap TVs. Good for you. Look we’re not going to tell you how you should spend your money. That’s not our style. But, what we will say, is that the best projectors are almost always Full HD and come with built-in speakers. If you get both those features and aren’t looking to break the bank, don’t spend more than $650 or £500. You can do better for less. That being said, we’ve found a few great deals this month that we wanted to bring to your attention – hopefully ending your long hunt for the perfect addition to your home theater setup. Contrast ratio could be better You can probably stop reading right here. This is the best cheap projector you're going to find. Sure, the BenQ TH670 might be a bit more than you were looking to spend, but it's almost impossible to find a better projector in terms of quality versus price. The TH670 has a Full 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, 10,000:1 high contrast ratio and built-in speakers. Those speakers could be a hair bit more powerful, but for the price it's hard to complain too much. The projector is capable of images spanning from 60 to 120 inches across and its lamp is rated for 4,000 - 10,000 hours depending on which modes you primarily use. Input-wise it offers Computer in (D-sub 15pin) x 2 (Share with component), Composite Video in (RCA) x 1 and HDMI. Win! Not the best picture In a very solid second place is Optoma's excellent HD142X projector. It has a full 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, 23,000:1 high contrast ratio and built-in 10-watt speakers. It even supports 3D video to boot. Optoma says that the lamp life for the HD142X is somewhere in the ballpark of 8,000 hours – and claims that it would last around 10 years if you watched a two-hour movie every single day. Input-wise the HD141X offers 2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v1.2, perfect for hooking up a PS4 or 3D Blu-ray player. Yes, we're really including two BenQ projectors on this list. While the TH670 is still king of the proverbial projector castle, the W1070 isn't a bad third choice. We say that because it makes a fair amount of trade-offs. Yes, you're still getting the awesome 1080p resolution, but you're also getting the poor 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Worse, though, you're losing a bit of light output (the W1070 only outputs 2,000 ANSI lumens). At least there's still plenty of inputs should you need them – 2 x HDMI, component and VGA inputs are all here. That being said, if a good deal pops up on one of these, this shouldn't be overlooked. At one time, Acer's H5380BD was king of the world with its 1280 x 720 resolution and 2-watt speakers. But now there's a new king in town rocking 10-watts of audio prowess and Full HD. That doesn't mean you need to relegate Acer's entry-level home theater projector to the dustbin, however, it's still plenty capable for most folks looking for something cheap. So where did it go wrong? The H5380BD only has a 720p (1280 x 720) resolution, but at least puts out 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. It has a 17,000:1 contrast ratio, but only 3-watt built-in speakers. That said, the projector is capable of images spanning from 300 inches across and its lamp is rated for 4,000 - 10,000 hours depending on which modes you primarily use. Input-wise it offers HDMI, Composite Video, S-Video and two VGA ports. Found a great deal on a projector you want to share? Let us know in the comments below!
News Article | April 21, 2017
The music landscape is always changing. We've gone from analogue to digital and from super compressed MP3s to lossless FLAC in the span of 20 years. But in that transition, we started to lose what made music so special: soul. Loving vinyl isn't about perfectly crystal-clear sound quality or the ability to take songs with you to the gym, it's about a mindful listening experience. It's about choosing which music you want to listen to, manually putting on a record and indulging in sound. If you can't tell, we're big fans of vinyl and we think you might be, too. And, according to the data, we're not alone. A report on Forbes says vinyl sales are at a 28-year high, growing 32% in 2015. To put this into perspective, vinyl sales last year were higher than those of ad supported music streaming services like YouTube and Spotify Free. This profitability and resurgence in a bygone medium has led popular artists like Adele and Taylor Swift to release their albums on the vintage format – making now the perfect time to get into the format that your mom, dad, grandpa and grandma got down to all those decades ago. But whatever your reason for starting a record collection there are a few things to know before you dive down the rabbit hole. Here's everything you need to know about getting into vinyl. This is a good place to start. Vinyl is named after the material records are printed on. Vinyl, like 8-Track tapes and cassettes, are an analog format – which you can simply think of as a direct one-to-one translation of a recorded song, rather than digital where that sound is converted into bits and electronically stored. Also, for the love of God, never say 'vinyls'. The plural of vinyl is vinyl. However, you can refer to them as records. There are thousands of record players for sale, so choosing the right one is difficult. Sure, you can buy a used record player for cheap from the classifieds but if you don't want to deal with getting swindled or stuck with a dud, there are new record players for every budget. The first step to choosing a record player is setting a budget. If you're not sure if you want to get into collecting records yet, plop down $99 (£99, about AU$130) for the Audio-Technica AT-LP60. This diminutive record player lets you play both 33 ½ and 45 rpm format records, and automatically lifts and returns the arm after a record is finished to prevent wearing out your needle. Plus, it comes with a built-in preamp, which is one less thing to buy. If you know you're in this hobby for good, it's worth investing in a record player that will grow with you, as you can swap out cartridges and tweak settings to get the most out of your records. A good mid-range choice for the enthusiast is the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB. It gets flack for being a Technics SL-1200 clone, but it's a really decent turntable for $300 (£250, about AU$450). What we really like about it is that the AT-LP120-USB will grow with you as a collector, allowing you to replace or upgrade parts. It also features a USB connection to help digitize your vinyl collection to take on the go, should you decide you want digital versions of the records you buy. The only downside with the LP120 is that you'll need to lift and return the needle after a record finishes playing. If you're prone to falling asleep while listening to music, it may be wise to choose a record player with an auto-returning arm. For audiophile collectors, the sky's the limit to what turntable you can get. Seriously, there are turntables that cost more than a house. But if you have that much money to burn, you're probably not reading this article anyway. Here's where things start to get technical. Some turntables do not come with a phono preamp (aka phono stage), which is required for record playback, so check to see if the record player you're about to buy has one. A phono preamp brings the volume level of a record up to a standard created by the Recording Industry Association of America. Most beginner turntables will feature a built-in preamp for convenience, but hardcore audiophile turntables do without them, allowing listeners to mix and match their turntables with whatever preamp they want. If you're getting serious about collecting, you may want to choose a record player without a preamp so you can upgrade later on. Another consideration you have to make when shopping for a turntable is whether you want a direct drive turntable or a belt drive turntable. This difference is how the turntable's motor is connected to the platter, the part that actually turns the record. Direct drive turntables, as you would imagine, feature a direct connection from the motor to the platter, meaning the platter itself is a magnet that is driven by an electric motor right beneath it. Belt driven turntables separate the platter from the motor and link the two with a belt. Audiophiles prefer belt drive turntables because they produce less audible vibrations, but are also more of a hassle as some turntables require you to reposition the belt when switching speeds. Neither is technology is necessarily better than the other, as different implementations make a big difference. For example, Pioneer's $4000 (£2,799, about AU$5250) audiophile-grade Technics SL-1200GAE features a direct drive motor. Connecting your turntable to use with speakers or headphones is fairly straightforward. If you have a turntable with a built in preamp, you simply need to connect it to a receiver's input via the red and white RCA connectors. If you've chosen a turntable without a preamp, you'll need to either buy a receiver with a phono preamp or purchase a separate phono preamp. Then connect the phono preamp to your receiver. If you have powered speakers (like the Audioengine A2+), the setup is even easier as you simply take the red and white RCA connectors and connect them directly into the speaker. Want to listen to records exclusively with headphones? If you have a receiver, all you have to do is plug in your headphones. You may need a 3.5mm to ¼-inch adapter since most receivers use the larger headphone jack. And with that, you're ready to start listening to your records! Congratulations on jumping into the rabbit hole of all-day record hunting and Discogs browsing for that rare album you've been looking everywhere for. Now sit back, put the needle down and begin to truly listen to your music.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: EEB-01-2016 | Award Amount: 5.86M | Year: 2016
INNOVIP Consortium will reinvent the top-of-the-line insulating material vacuum-insulation-panels (VIP) by improving their thermal performance over the entire lifetime by at least 25 % and making VIPs adjustable, mountable and machineable. By reducing the density of the core material and/or using an alternative core material together with less expensive VIP-envelopes as gas barrier, it will be possible to sell the new product INNOVIP by more than 20 % lower price. Besides, the new product has a reduced embodied energy by at least 25 % and, attaching different cover layers, the panels can fulfill different functions. These additional functions can be adjusted according to the application they address, for example photocatalytic VOC removal from indoor- and outdoor air, anti mould coating, moisture buffering by Aluminium Compounds or summer heat cut-off by latent heat activated in phase change materials (PCMs). Currently there is no such material on the market. INNOVIP will develop such an innovative solution which will lead to a breakthrough in energy efficiency of the opaque parts of the building envelope both in new built and existing houses. The success of the development process will be demonstrated in two prototypes that can be tested and validated. Development tasks will be carried out in close cooperation with the three complementary and reputed participating testing laboratories. We will show that, in principle, the new product is ready for use in certain important and representative applications, addressing a relevant market volume by replacing conventional insulating materials and standard VIP in established insulation solutions.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.3.6 | Award Amount: 4.85M | Year: 2011
The main objective of the IMOLA project is the realization of a large-area OLED-based lighting module with built-in intelligent light management. Interesting applications are wall, ceiling and car dome lighting, where the light intensity can be adjusted uniformly or locally according to the time of the day or the position of a person, or even road lighting, where the light can follow a car.\n\nThe front side of the module consists of OLED tiles attached and interconnected to a flexible backplane foil. In an early stage of the project, individual tiles (on glass as well as on foil) will be used, but in a later stage OLED tiles on the roll will be laminated and interconnected to the backplane.\n\nThe backplane of the module contains the integrated driver electronics for the brightness control of the individual OLED tiles. A very thin and efficient smart-power chip converts a single 40V supply voltage into a controllable DC current for each OLED tile. This power converter chip employs an external passive component (inductor) that will preferably be embedded into the backplane foil. As the smart-power chip also allows the integration of dense CMOS circuitry, extra functionality and intelligence can be implemented on the chip. This includes optical feedback to eliminate non-uniformities between the tiles or to compensate OLED degradation effects. Other sensor functions can provide maximum interaction with the environment. Furthermore, advanced communication features, e.g. by means of PLC techniques across the power supply lines, can enable intelligent brightness control from a central unit.\n\nWithin the consortium, all necessary expertise is available to ensure perfect coverage of all technological aspects (such as OLED and backplane foil development, chip placement, electrical interconnect, component embedding and lamination) as well as all design aspects (driver chip design, inductor design and EMC) in this challenging project.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: EeB.NMP.2010-1 | Award Amount: 6.08M | Year: 2010
NANOINSULATE will develop durable, robust, cost-effective opaque and transparent vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) incorporating new nanotechnology-based core materials (nanofoams, aerogels, aerogel composites) and high-barrier films that are up to four times more energy efficient than current solutions. These new systems will provide product lifetimes in excess of 50 years suitable for a variety of new-build and retrofit building applications. Initial building simulations based on the anticipated final properties of the VIPs indicate reductions in heating demand of up to 74% and CO2 emissions of up to 46% for Madrid, Spain and up to 61% and 55% respectively for Stuttgart, Germany for a building renovation which reduces the U-value of the walls and roof from 2.0 W m-2 K-1 to 0.2 W m-2 K-1. This reduction could be achieved with NANOINSULATE products that are only 25 mm thick, giving a cost-effective renovation without the need of changing all the reveals and ledges. Similarly, significant reductions in U-values of transparent VIPs (3 W m-2 K-1 to 0.5 W m-2 K-1) are shown by substituting double glazed units in existing building stock. Six industrial & four research based partners from seven EU countries will come together to engineer novel solutions capable of being mass produced. Target final manufacturing costs for insulation board (production rates above 5 million m2/year) are less than 7 m-2 for a U-value of 0.2 W m-2 K-1. NANOINSULATE will demonstrate its developments at construction sites across Europe. A Lifecycle Assessment, together with a safety and service-life costing analysis, will be undertaken to prove economic viability. NANOINSULATE demonstrates strong relevance to the objectives and expected impacts of both the specific call text of the Public-Private Partnership Energy-efficient Buildings topic New nanotechnology-based high performance insulation systems for energy efficiency within the 2010 NMP Work Programme and the wider NMP & Energy Thematic Priorities.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2011-1 | Award Amount: 1.49M | Year: 2011
Buildings are a major end-user of European energy, representing 40% of energy consumption and 1,800 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Improved energy efficiency within buildings is, therefore, a priority objective in enabling Europe to meet its Kyoto Protocol commitments. Whilst a desirable architectural feature enabling enhanced occupier comfort, windows are recognised as a key weak spot in the building envelope, resulting in heat losses during winter months due to inferior insulating properties, and excessive solar heat gain during summer months, resulting in energy-intensive air conditioning. Such window-related losses represent 10% of a buildings energy consumption (4% of Europes total energy use). Whilst super-insulating window designs are commercially available, more limited progress has been made towards cost-effective solar heat gain control (SHGC) technologies. Existing solutions are primarily based on low-cost tinted films that permanently block a proportion of light entering the room (leading to room darkening and negative energy efficiency during winter months). Whilst dynamic (switchable) films have been developed, such materials demonstrate either inferior properties or are cost prohibitive. Integrating emerging materials science with a cost-efficient polymer-extrusion process, the SOLARGAIN project will develop an innovative low-cost all-polymeric switchable reflective SHGC film. The film will enable dynamic optical properties in response to the changing lighting, heating and cooling needs of the room, and thus improved natural lighting, occupier comfort and enhanced energy efficiency. The SHGC films will be incorporated within: A highly-insulated sealed-window-unit design targeting > 90% window-related energy saving A retrofit window-film structure targeting > 90% energy savings associated with room cooling The window systems will integrate photovoltaic and sensor technologies, thereby enabling self-powering and intelligent activation. Achieving cost competitiveness with existing window systems, the SOLARGAIN technology will also demonstrate significant long-term cost savings through enhanced energy efficiency. SOLARGAIN will generate 40 million business growth within a 3 year period, creating 85 new jobs; and has the potential to benefit > 8,000 SMEs operating in wider market sectors.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2012-2 | Award Amount: 2.45M | Year: 2013
The NanoPhoSolar project aims to overcome the limitations relating to the efficiency and performance of a range of photovoltaic (PV) systems by developing a transparent NanoPhosphor down converting material capable of absorbing Ultra Violet (UV) and short wavelength visible light and re-emitting in the more useful longer wavelength visible spectrum(range 525-850nm). This will enable the efficiency of Photovoltaic (PV) cells to be increased by an additional 10% for silicon PV and 25.8% for Cigs or cadmium telluride PV and potentially increase system lifetime. By doing this, the PV system created will offer greatly improved environmental performance due to capture of a larger proportion of the incident visible spectrum. This will lead to significant economic and societal benefits to consumers and manufacturers. The SME consortium target a total in-process coating technology market penetration of 5.5% when applied in the manufacturing process and 0.25% when as applied to existing installed PV systems within a 5 year period post project, achieving direct annual sales of over 66 million, ~470 new jobs and annual CO2 emissions savings of 154,697 tonnes per annum. The project results are expected to benefit other SMEs in the PV and materials processing industry sectors.