Thursday, January 12, 2012

Semprius Closes $3 Million in Funding

CED Member Semprius, Inc, an innovative company that designs high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules, recently secured an additional $3 million in its latest round of funding. The new funding will be used to expedite construction of a pilot plant to produce high-efficiency, low-cost solar modules.
This follow-on funding round was led by Morgan Creek Capital Management, Illinois Emerging Technologies Fund, a fund managed by IllinoisVENTURES and In-Q-Tel. IllinoisVENTURES and In-Q-Tel are existing shareholders in the company.

In addition, Semprius announced that Gregory Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables, joined Semprius’ board of directors. Wolf leads Duke Energy’s non-regulated renewable power business that delivers wind and solar energy solutions for customers throughout the United States. 

“There is a large market opportunity for Semprius as they capitalize on the growing global demand for utility-scale solar,” said Wolf. “I’m eager to work with this outstanding North Carolina growth company as they accelerate the adoption of solar energy in many key markets.”

Semprius delivers a unique, HCPV module design that begins with its proprietary micro-transfer printing process. This process enables the company to use world’s smallest solar cell – approximately the size of a pencil point – to create solar modules with unmatched cost and performance advantages. 

“The additional capital, together with our investors’ and board’s support, will help us advance key initiatives to position Semprius for aggressive growth,” said Joe Carr, chief executive officer of Semprius. “In addition, the ability to attract an industry veteran like Greg to join our board is a solid testimonial to the value of the technology we are pioneering.”

Semprius is headquartered in Durham, NC. More information can be found online at: Information summary came from recent press distributed by the company.