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18 October 2016

Sol Voltaics appoints director of product marketing to speed commercialization of solar nanowire technology

Sol Voltaics AB of Lund, Sweden, which is developing nanomaterials technology for enhancing solar cell efficiency, has named solar technology leader Dr Arno Stassen as its new director of product marketing as it nears commercialization of its solar nanowire technology.

Stassen has more than 10 years of experience in the global solar energy industry, most recently as head of business development of German technology group Heraeus' solar energy division, where he was instrumental in growing its leadership in metallization of silicon and third-generation solar cells. Previously, he was project leader and part of the consultancy team at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), where he led several large R&D programs in crystalline silicon solar cells. Stassen also contributed towards the 2014 and 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV), crafting the technology roadmap and driving future innovation in crystalline silicon PV.

"Having worked in advanced PV for the past 10 years, I fully understand the current limitations for the industry in achieving breakthrough efficiency technology at low costs," says Stassen. "Sol Voltaics' compelling tandem-layer technology and novel Aerotaxy nanowire manufacturing process show enormous potential to enable module efficiency improvements up to and above 30%," he adds.

"His experience, reputation and technology expertise will add a new dynamism to our management team as we continue to improve our offering and fulfill our ambition of bringing this transformative technology to market," comments CEO Erik Smith.

Stassen's appointment follows Sol Voltaics' $17m series C funding round in May, the largest European solar technology funding round secured by a start-up in the past two years. Earlier this year, it also announced alignment of gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanowires in a thin film, showing measurable progress towards its aim to commercialize its solar technology for module manufacturers.

See related items:

Sol Voltaics raises $17m in Series C funding following breakthrough in nanowire solar cell efficiency

Sol Voltaics achieves alignment and orientation of GaAs nanowires in thin film

Sol Voltaics doubles GaAs nanowire array solar efficiency record to 15.3%

Sol Voltaics unveils SolInk nanomaterial to boost PV module performance by 25%

Tags: Nanowire GaAs PV

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