Solar comms suite backed by Chevron accelerator

Written by: Andrew Wade | Published:

A UK manufacturer of solar-powered communications and surveillance equipment has been selected for the Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) Catalyst Program.

Sunstone Systems have developed patented solar and hydrogen powered products that provide surveillance, wireless networks and satellite communications to off-grid sites around the world, and its platforms have been utilised by the energy, defence, construction and telecommunications sectors. The company’s core product, the Solar IP CCTV System (SICS), is a compact surveillance and comms unit that can slot into existing security and network setups, operating in all types of weather and terrain.

According to Sunstone, the SICS can be deployed and operational within minutes, delivering HD CCTV and telecommunications from off-grid locations. Oil giant Chevron is already using the product at sites across the world, with its performance helping Sunstone secure a place on Chevron’s accelerator program.

“We are incredibly excited to join the CTV Catalyst program and accelerate our growth,” said Paul Schelhaas, co-Founder and chief executive officer.

“Sunstone has a recognised and enviable reputation for creating robust, off-grid solutions that deliver reliable power from low carbon energy to a range of digital applications. We are delighted that our solutions-focused approach has been acknowledged by the Chevron Technology Ventures team and we look forward to continuing to work with them in this next phase of our growth.”

Launched in 2017, Chevron’s CTV accelerator seeks out early-stage companies with technology that is potentially beneficial to the energy industry. CTV itself was established as far back as 1999 with a view to increasing efficiencies across Chevron’s operations in the oil and gas sector, and has evolved to include investment in clean energy, carbon capture and energy storage.

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