HelioVolt is a manufacturer of a new generation of thin film photovoltaic products based on its proprietary FASST manufacturing process. The company's production methods for CIGS synthesis are protected by both nine issued US patents and by numerous global patents pending.
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Thin film deposition, Semiconductor device fabrication, Coatings, Chemical processes, Plasma processing
Thin film deposition, Semiconductor device fabrication, Coatings, Chemical processes, Plasma processing
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Dec 12, 2019
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HelioVolt Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was HelioVolt founded?
HelioVolt was founded in 2001.
Where is HelioVolt's headquarters?
HelioVolt's headquarters is located at 6301 East Stassney Lane, Austin.
What is HelioVolt's latest funding round?
HelioVolt's latest funding round is Dead.
How much did HelioVolt raise?
HelioVolt raised a total of $282.67M.
Who are the investors of HelioVolt?
Investors of HelioVolt include SK Group, New Enterprise Associates, Draper Athena, SK Holdings, Morgan Stanley and 14 more.
Who are HelioVolt's competitors?
Competitors of HelioVolt include Epishine, NexWafe, Toledo Solar, Sunman, Kurt J. Lesker Company, Porotech, Sujing Electronic Material, Midsummer, Sol Voltaics, Siva Power and 55 more.
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