Sequent Solar


Pre-Accelerate Cambridge



We’re Sequent Solar, and we’re changing solar electricity generation.

As the world accelerates towards a greener future, we’re going to become increasingly reliant on sources of renewable energy. And it makes sense to harness as much of this as possible. With current consumer solar panels achieving less than half the efficiency of those in research labs, we think there’s plenty of room to improve.

We’ve developed a novel restructuring of the surface of a solar panel, trapping more of the sun’s rays and producing more energy. Not wanting to waste the good work done on existing panels, we’ve made sure they can also take advantage through retrofitting.

Our team of four engineers met whilst studying at the University of Cambridge and University College London. It quickly became clear that we were united through a shared passion for sustainability.  We’ve taken our experience in aerospace engineering and manufacturing, including previous work with Boeing, and used it to create company that prioritises quality and innovation to make a real difference.

We’re going to apply our technology on new and existing solar panels across the world, push solar power generation forward and reducing our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy generation.

Let’s push the world forward to a brighter, greener future.

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Founding team

Ashwin Iyer

I am Ashwin, a mechanical engineer currently pursuing an MPhil in Industrial systems, manufacturing and management at the University of Cambridge. I’m currently focusing on how AI can be implemented in helping companies in the manufacturing sector. I completed my undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at Queen Mary University of London, where I met Alex. In my penultimate year of study I led the finance team at Queen Mary Formula Student to winning the “Cost and manufacturing excellence” award at Formula Student UK, securing first place among 30+ other international universities. In my final year Alex and I founded our university’s first rocketry society, raised over 10,000 pounds of funding for it and built a committed team of 100+ students. We subsequently led the team to winning the “Most original design” award at the Mach23 competition in Scotland. We then successfully handed over the team to the next generation who guide it today. During my time at Queen Mary I also undertook a summer internship program at Imperial College London where I worked on new safety testing methodologies for Rolls Royce jet engines under Dr. David Nowell. The outcomes of this project are still in use today at the vibrations lab at the university. I also undertook a winter internship at a new real estate development firm, ACUBE developers, in Dubai. I helped the company co-ordinate with architectural consultants, finalised designs for construction and helped secure the necessary approvals for the relevant regulatory bodies.

Manthos Kotsiopolos

I am Manthos, a Metallurgical engineer (MSc. with Honours from the NTUA) with experience in startups having co-founded Twiddle Inc, a music design AI startup, and running operations for 4 years whilst managing a successful product launch and pre-seed funding. I am now studying Industrial Systems, Manufacture, and Management at the Institute for Manufacturing of Cambridge University focusing on engineering and business evaluation of novel hydrogen production technologies.

I have knowledge in product development and marketing and was part of the winning team of the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece 2019 whilst also working with investors. During this time I gained real-world problem solving skills, enhanced my ability in experiential learning and developed my abilities to efficiently collaborate and manage projects.

I have also worked in the past as a simulation engineer in prediction of mechanical properties of aluminium alloys based on their observed microstructure, and I have also worked on crash test simulations for the NTUA F1 team and RadiNOx team of the CANSAT European Space Agency competition.

Alex Pinel-Neparidze

I am Alex, an aerospace engineer currently pursuing an MSc in Space Science and Engineering at UCL. My research focuses on the application of machine learning in solar physics. I completed my undergraduate studies at Queen Mary University of London, graduating with first-class honors. During this time, I led a team of five engineering students in developing the chassis for the first hyperloop pod in London as part of the Hyperlink project. In my third year, I co-founded the Aurora QM Initiative with Ashwin Iyer. Our organisation aimed to design and assemble high-power rockets for international competitions. During our tenure, we recruited over 100 members, secured £10000 in funding, won the Best Design award at the Mach23 competition in Scotland, and had plenty of fun. As a project management intern at Open Cosmos, a satellite manufacturing company, I gained firsthand experience in overcoming the challenges of advancing a project, from securing the initial contract to the literal launch of the final product. During my time there, I worked alongside skilled managers who not only taught me effective project management but also entrusted me with the management of various space projects. Notably, I contributed to implementing AI systems into the upcoming Phisat-2 satellite, a collaborative project with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Tyler Holderness

I am a highly motivated individual with a strong analytical mind and a proven track record of success in diverse environments. My experience spans across aerospace, defence, manufacturing, and IT, allowing me to bring a unique perspective and skillset to any challenge.

Originally from South Africa, I pursued a Bachelor of Engineering (First-class Honours) while working full-time. This experience instilled a strong work ethic and the ability to thrive in demanding situations. During my studies, I honed my skills in modelling, data analysis, and project management.

Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Industrial Systems, Manufacture, and Management at the University of Cambridge.

Previously, at Boeing, I held positions in both Operations Analysis and Reliability-centred Maintenance. I leveraged my analytical skills to conduct feasibility studies, optimise maintenance schedules, and improve efficiency for various aerospace and defence projects. Additionally, I have experience in CNC programming and project administration acquired at A+ Aluminium, where I gained valuable insights into manufacturing processes and project management.

Furthermore, I possess a strong foundation in IT from my time as a desktop support engineer at Rubicon Communication Solutions. My commitment to continuous learning is evident through my Lean Level 1a certification and being awarded the prestigious Cambridge Masters & Trinity Hall Studentship.

I am passionate about applying my technical expertise and problem-solving skills to solve complex challenges and contribute to innovation across diverse industries.