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Nanosolar (company)

Nanosolar (company)

An nanotechnology company with focus on developing solar products. It was founded in 2002 and closed in 2013.

About

Nanosolar was a renewable energy company that used nanotechnology to develop thin solar film cells and panels. The company had facilities in both San Jose, California and Luckenwalde, Germany.The facility in San Jose was for solar cell printing and the one in Luckenwalde was for panel assembly.

Product

The company was developing a product that printed CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenium) on thin film and was creating photovoltaics solutions. It developed its own platform known as Print2Power in order to manufacture its products.The company used printable semiconductor technology to design a rollable solar film consisting of three layers. The first layer was designed to be aluminum, followed by the printed CIGS layer, and finally, the thin top electrode layer.

The product was designed to be used in different contexts that were described as commercial, transportation, and exploration. The company stated that it could be used for camping purposes, on FEMA sites, trailers, buses, recreational vehicles, and more.

Timeline

2013
Nanosolar closes.
June 1, 2012
Nanosolar raises a $70,000,000 private equity from Aeris Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures and OnPoint Technologies.
2010
Nanosolar launches its first solar modules for field installation.
March 1, 2008
Nanosolar raises a $300,000,000 series D round from EDF Ventures, Electronic Data Systems, Energy Capital Partners, GLG Partners, Grazia Equity, Lone Pine Capital, Omidyar Network, Riverstone Holdings, The Carlyle Group and The Skoll Foundation.
June 2006
Nanosolar raises a $75,000,000 series C round from Capricorn Management, Christian Reitberger, Firelake Capital Management, GLG Partners, Grazia Equity, Mitsui Global Investment, Mohr Davidow Ventures, OnPoint Technologies, SAC Capital Advisors and Swiss Re.
May 1, 2005
Nanosolar raises a $20,000,000 series B round from Benchmark, Mitsui Global Investment, Mohr Davidow Ventures and OnPoint Technologies.
June 2003
Nanosolar raises a $5,000,000 series A round from Benchmark, Stanford University and U.S. Venture Partners.
2002
Nanosolar is founded.

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Addison Shelton

Employee

Alex Sousa

Employee

Andrew Taylor

Employee

Bret Kugelmass

Employee

david stanislowski

Employee

David Wanek

Investor

Eerik Hantsoo

Employee

Eugene Bykov

Employee

Gina Gerritzen

Employee

James Will Higgins

Employee

Jayna Sheats

Employee

Jean-Michel Moreau

Investor

Lana Spencer, PG, CHMM, QISP

Advisor

Mark H Goldstein

Investor

Martin Roscheisen

Investor

Matthew Diego Rail

Employee

Merc Martinelli

Employee

Nathaniel Stanley

Employee

Nichole Edraos

Employee

Paul Adriani

Employee

Peter Privitera

Employee

Sunil Paul

Investor

Thomas Tamayo

Employee

Tianyue Yu

Employee

Timothy Suen

Employee

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