Queanbeyan, New South Wales [RenewableEnergyAcces.com] Sustainable Technologies International (STI) and Dyesol Limited announced the first major contract for its flexible solar panels that hold promise for applications — including powering cooling, communications, and sensors — as lightweight mobile powerpacks or integrated into field structures.The contract comes less than four months after signing a $2 million, two-year contract to demonstrate flexible solar panels based on Dye Solar Cell technology. The Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has approved achievement of the Design Review, held this month in Queanbeyan, and the project is proceeding to the next phase. The project, funded under the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) program, is administered by DSTO. According to Project Director Dr. Gavin Tulloch, Chairman of STI and consultant to Dyesol, the designs being developed in this project have wide application to supplying green energy both in remote areas and for powering portable electronic equipment. “Many competitors are focusing on plastic solar panels, but we believe that metallic substrates will provide solar panels that are much more suitable for rugged, lightweight portable power,” Tulloch said. Dyesol, the major subcontractor to STI in this project with an option to acquire STI, has been conducting extensive due diligence on STI and expects to make an announcement shortly.