Heliatek Takes Silver Award at Ecosummit 2012
A total of 52 startups and young companies from nine countries were nominated for the Ecosummit Award 2012. The jury was impressed by Heliatek's next generation of photovoltaic technology. The transparent, lightweight, and flexible solar films based on organic semiconductors are much more versatile in their use compared to traditional photovoltaic products. With this smart technology solution, Heliatek wants to be instrumental in establishing environmentally-friendly solar energy as a widespread, commonplace technology.
"We are very pleased to have received the silver ECO12 Award as well as proud that the jury recognised the significance of our breakthrough technology.This gives us an extra boost going into our next round of financing this year, during which we should raise €50 million from current and new investors for an additional production line," comments Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO of Heliatek.
The Ecosummit Award's 53-member expert jury is composed of representatives from cleantech companies, large corporations, utility companies, the media, and various service providers.Jury members come from leading companies such as E.ON, RWE Effizienz, Centrotherm, ABB, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Cisco, and Wirtschaftswoche (a German weekly business news magazine).
Jan Michael Hess, CEO of Ecosummit, explained the jury's decision:"Heliatek is one of the best cleantech startups in Germany. The expert jury for our Ecosummit Award 2012 was impressed by the commercial potential of organic photovoltaics. The unique technology, the management team, and the milestones already achieved bode well for Heliatek's future."
Heliatek, a global leader in high-end solar technology, was spun-off in 2006 from the Technical University of Dresden (IAPP) and the University of Ulm. As the global technology leader in the field of flexible organic photovoltaics (OPV) based on small molecules, Heliatek set a new world record in OPV in recent months with a cell efficiency rate of 9.8%. Heliatek maintains a total staff of some 75 specialists at its facilities in Dresden and Ulm. Investors in Heliatek include leading industrial and financial companies such as BASF, Bosch, RWE, and Wellington Partners. Research and development work, as well as the installation of production technology, has been funded by the Free State of Saxony, the BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education & Research), the BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology), and the European Union.
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