Investinor AS invests in Innotech Solar
Investinor is investing NOK 51.7 million in the Narvik-based company Innotech Solar AS, which is focusing on increasing the effectiveness of solar cells. Investinor’s entry on the owner side boosts the development and strengthens the company further. New employees have in addition invested NOK 2.3 million
Innotech Solar (ITS) buys its raw material from a wide range of large, international solar cell manufactures; cells that are not utilized due to low efficiency. ITS specializes in getting out all the clean energy from these cells.
The company’s business idea is “greener than green”; ITS is making clean renewable energy from upgraded solar cells from an industry producing renewable energy. ITS has developed the technology and production process, and are using this to upgrade the ITS solar cells and use them in their certified products. The technology development is supported by Innovation Norway and Forskningsrådet (The Research Council of Norway).
ITS’ product is competitive solar modules, the main component in solar power plants. ITS is also engaged in constructing and operating complete solar power plants, giving the best financial return for the power plant owners.
Unique competitive advantage
ITS has a high-tech production process and low production costs, but is continuously working on increasing the production volume and develop new technologies. This way ITS products will stay competitive.
ITS has had a rapid growth. The company was established in spring 2008, and has grown to 42 employees, divided by head quarter and production in Narvik, administration and technology in Oslo, sales offices in Germany and China, and project development for power plants in Switzerland.
The production line in Narvik is expected to reach a volume of 27 MWp during 2010. Further expansions are already in process.
ITS has in no time build a strong team of world class expertise. Experience from Norwegian and international companies within the industry laid the foundation for ITS’ rapid establishment as a company and fast implementing of projects and plans. Solid combined knowledge is also secured; the employees hold 8 PhD’s, 18 Masters and 10 Bachelor’s degrees, and has over 150 years of combined solar experience.