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Heliatek to push innovation, sustainability in solar energy

Posted: 27 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar film? nuclear power plant? solar energy? energy harvest?

Heliatek developed energy harvesting components made of flexible solar films based on organic semiconductor materials. According to the company, its innovative products will support the energy transformation toward sustainability in new ways never thought possible before.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, along with Saxony's Prime Minister, Stanislaw Tillich, visited Heliatek GmbH in Dresden on August 17, 2012. The company inaugurated its first production facility last March in Dresden in the presence of Prime Minister Tillich. The company stated that the modern manufacturing line is now up and running, with the plant carrying out the scheduled trial production.

As Heliatek is on schedule with commissioning and trial operations for production, the company was able to present its guests with finished solar films. "Our first customers and partners are early adopters. We work with them closely to make our product a de-facto standard as solar energy harvesting components," said Thibaud Le Sguillon, CEO of Heliatek. "Energiewende goes beyond replacing nuclear power plants with wind and solar farms. Heliatek solar films will be used in applications never served before by traditional PV."

The film's ultra-light weight, transparency and superior performance will allow customer to integrate the solar films, for example, into building and construction materials, car-roofs and street furniture, indicated Heliatek. The first solar films coming out of the line will be used for concrete fa?ade projects as well as for pilots and prototypes with partners.

"Our production is ready, now we intend to raise an additional ?60 million from current and new investors to significantly increase the capacity", says CEO Thibaud Le Sguillon about the next step for Heliatek. "We are operating the world's first production line in which organic solar films are manufactured in a roll-to-roll process using vacuum deposition. Our production readiness is a major milestone and allows us to offer our energy harvesting components to our partners for application development by 3Q12 as scheduled," added Le Sguillon.

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