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About us

OUR ROOTS

Born from the world’s leading research institutions

Flisom was founded in 2005 as a spin-off of the Laboratory of Solid State Physics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) – a scientific institution with global renown. For several years, the company remained in stealth mode, working closely together with Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) to design and improve its core technology. This historic link with the world’s leading research institutions forms the basis of our identity, and the guarantee of continuous improvement of our cutting-edge technology.

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OUR VISION

Enabling solar energy in ways not possible before

We are working to make this a reality. Today, most of the world still relies on heavy and rigid silicon-based modules, encapsulated in glass – standard 60-cell and 72-cell module design. Our flexible and lightweight panel technology platform is built from the very beginning with the widest application possibilities in mind.

OUR TECHNOLOGY

Thin, light, flexible and beautiful

Our solar panels are based on the CIGS (Copper-Indium-Gallium-Selenide) thin film technology developed in the Empa Photovoltaics Laboratory, the global efficiency record holder on plastic substrate at 20.4%. Flisom has developed proprietary machinery and roll-to-roll production technology for low-temperature deposition of CIGS and multiple thin film layers on high-grade plastic substrate. Monolithic interconnection of solar cells by laser patterning capitalizes advantages for advance high throughput manufacturing and uniform elegance. The core technology has been developed by our in-house specialists – our years of work and know-how are protected by 38 patent families, with the IP portfolio growing steadily.

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OURSELVES

Swiss, yet global

Our people enable us to stay dynamic, constantly move forward and do better. Our connection with the leading technological institutions in Switzerland means that we have access to some of the best specialists in the field from all over the world. Over the years, we have brought together one of the most enthusiastic, sharp and knowledgeable teams in the industry.

Our main milestones

2005 Founded as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

2009 Megalith 2 R2R co-evaporation tool running

2012 Development line operational

2013 Megalith 3 R2R co-evaporation tool running, Investment for 15 MW pilot production line

2015  Megalith 4 R2R co-evaporation tool running, 15 MW pilot production line installed

2016 Pilot production line operational

Our management team

Founder & Chairman
Founder & Chairman

Dr. Ayodhya N. Tiwari

Head, Lab for Thin Films and Photovoltaics at Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (holds efficiency world records for flexible thin film CIGS and CdTe solar cells). Earlier Head of PV and Thin Film Physics Group at ETH Zurich; now adjunct professor. 34 years experience in R&D of thin film deposition processes & solar cells. Ph.D. in Thin Film Solar Cells from IIT, Delhi.

Chief Executive Officer

Rahul Budhwar

Rahul was previously VP for Manufacturing & Business Development at Tata Power Solar, where he led the turnaround of solar manufacturing business and the multifold growth of the international business. Rahul has been Board member of Flisom since 2013. He holds Engineering and MBA degrees.

Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Sudheer Kumar

Earlier Associate Vice President & Plant Head at Moser Baer Solar. 20 years experience in thin film industries including strategic project conceptualization and execution, setting-up plants, ramping up and operation of large scale thin film silicon and c-Si production plants.

Deputy CEO and cofounder
Deputy CEO and cofounder

Dr. Marc Kaelin

Deputy CEO and cofounder with over 10 years experience in CIGS machine design, automation and construction.