Swedish advanced solar materials company Sol Voltaics has named Arno Stassen as its new director of product marketing. Stassen, who was most recently the head of business development at the PV energy division of Heraeus, will oversee Sol Voltaics’ product marketing as the company prepares for the commercialization of its solar nanowire technology.
Stassen has over 10 years of experience in the global solar energy industry, as he was the project leader and part of the consultancy team at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) prior to his time at Heraeus. Stassen also contributed towards the 2014 and 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV), an organisation dedicated to crafting the technology roadmap and driving future innovation in crystalline silicon PV.
Stassen noted: “I am very excited to join Sol Voltaics at such a promising time for the company. 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. 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%. I believe Sol Voltaics is one of the only companies that can deliver a revolutionary change in solar technology, which the industry needs to fully mature into a mainstream energy solution.”
Stassen's appointment follows Sol Voltaics' record US$17 million series C funding round in May, the largest European solar technology funding round secured by a start-up over the last two years.
Erik Smith, CEO of Sol Voltaics, said: “After securing significant funding and achieving a number of important technology milestones this year, the appointment of Arno as director of product marketing is another major win for Sol Voltaics. 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.”