Dresden (Germany), October 18, 2011 – Heliatek GmbH, technology leader of organic solar modules, is named for the third time in a row in the prestigious 2011 Global Cleantech 100 list. The Global Cleantech 100 list recognizes the top private companies worldwide in the Clean Technology Industry and is produced by Cleantech Group, a leading research firm focused on global cleantech innovation, in collaboration with the UK’s Guardian News and Media.
The Global Cleantech 100 list is unique in the sector because it highlights the promise of private clean technology companies from all around the world, focusing on those companies which are most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next 5-10 years.
“We are delighted to be included in the Global Cleantech 100 list for the third year in a row. It recognizes the continuous achievements we have made in organic photovoltaic and highlights the tremendous potential this cutting-edge solar technology has to offer to the public as well as to investors,” says Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO of Heliatek.
The list is derived from Cleantech Group’s own data and research combined with the weighted qualitative judgments of hundreds of nominations and the viewpoints of a global panel of 70 cleantech experts. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.
“We are proud of how quickly the Global Cleantech 100 list has gained recognition as a leading resource in the cleantech sector,” said Sheeraz Haji, Cleantech Group CEO. “Stakeholders including members of the corporate community, investors, and regulators now watch the Global Cleantech 100 list closely to gauge which sectors look most promising and which companies are poised for growth.”
4,274 companies were nominated this year from more than 45 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 213 companies presented to the expert panel for final input. The end result was 100 companies from 16 countries.
The 70-strong expert panel is drawn from well-respected organizations in cleantech innovation from around the world, including leading investors in global cleantech and from a wide variety of corporations across many different industries, such as ABB, BASF, BP, Coca-Cola, DuPont, GE, GM, Procter and Gamble, and Vestas.
“The third Global Cleantech 100 exemplifies the best in cleantech innovation across the world,” said Richard Youngman, Managing Director, Europe & Asia, Cleantech Group and the founder of the Global Cleantech 100. “This list is based on the collective wisdom and experience of the world’s cleantech leaders and this year it truly reflects not only the most interesting companies, but also the mainstreaming of this dynamic industry.”
A full report with commentary and insight on the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 is available via two publications: 1) A report authored by Cleantech Group and sponsored by Autodesk, Deloitte and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati available for download at http://www.cleantech.com/global-cleantech-100/; 2) A special online newspaper supplement written by the UK’s Guardian, sponsored by Ernst & Young.
Heliatek was spun-off in 2006 from the Technical University of Dresden (IAPP) and the University of Ulm. The company’s founding brought together internationally renowned expertise in the fields of organic optoelectronics and organic oligomer synthesis. As the global technology leader in the field of organic photovoltaics (OPV) based on small molecules, Heliatek is currently making the transition from pure technology development to industrial manufacture. Heliatek’s goal is to mass-produce organic photovoltaic panels using the world’s first roll-to-roll process for the vacuum deposition of small molecules in 2012.
Heliatek maintains a total staff of some 70 employees and specialists at its facilities in Dresden and Ulm. Investors in Heliatek include leading financial and industrial 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.