Solar panels with record efficiency

Unique Features

SOLAR MODULE IP

Disruptive architecture for energy harvesting – can integrate all solar cells

HIGH EFFICIENCY

Our technology makes the most efficient existing solar cells affordable

BEST VALUE

Boosting the energy yield reduces solar electricity costs

EASY TO MOUNT

As easy to mount as conventional solar panels

RELIABILITY

Radically new approach conceived with reliability and simplicity in mind

IMMUNITY TO SHADING

Less sensitive to shading than conventional solar panels

COMPATIBILITY

Easy manufacturing integration into existing PV-production lines

OUR TEAM

Laurent Coulot
Laurent Coulot
CEO & Co-Founder
Laurent is responsible for defining and executing the strategy of Insolight. During his master thesis at Logitech USA on indoor photovoltaics, he developed a strong interest in solar energy and realized the need for innovation. Prior to founding Insolight, Laurent worked in biomedical (Biocartis), watchmaking (Rolex) and automotive (Melexis) industries that have given him exposure to multiple technologies and business models.
Laurent holds a Master in Micro and Nanosystems from EPFL (2012).
Mathieu Ackermann
Mathieu Ackermann
CTO & Co-Founder
Mathieu is responsible for supervising R&D and IP management at Insolight. Prior to co-founding Insolight, he gained a first entrepreneurship experience in web development, then worked for >4y as an application engineer at Melexis, where he developed a broad set of technical skills and co-authored several patents and publications. Mathieu holds a MSc. in Micro and Nanosystems at EPFL (2010) and has research experience on microfluidic devices for biomedical applications at UC Berkeley .
Florian Gerlich
Florian Gerlich
COO & Co-Founder
Florian is responsible for the daily operations, product architecture and module construction at Insolight, while supporting business development. Prior to co-founding Insolight, he worked for Veolia Water Technologies (UK) where he took part in the development and production of water purification plants. In addition to his deep technical skills in robotics, programming and strong organizational sense, Florian is also fluent in three languages. He holds a MSc. in Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Space Technologies (2013).
David Schuppisser
David Schuppisser
Chief Business Officer
David is responsible for Insolight’s business strategy (together with Laurent) and leads BusDev. and tech. transfer partnerships. Prior to joining Insolight, David was an associate at McKinsey & Co where he conducted many projects in strategy, operations and transformation management for a variety of organizations ranging from electrical power players to international public organizations. He has academic research experience focused on novel solar energy harvesting and has worked in diplomacy at the Swiss embassy in Venezuela. David holds a MSc. in Physics from EPFL & LBNL. He speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and German.
David Ziegler
David Ziegler
Head of Industrialisation
David is responsible for the industrialisation of Insolight’s modules. Prior to joining Insolight, David co-founded Composyt Light Labs who developed a new optical architecture for AR glasses. After the acquisition of Composyt Light Labs by Intel Corporation in 2014, David was leading the industrialisation of a novel type of optical component for Intel’s smart glasses project. In 2018, after a re-organization at Intel, David and his team transitioned to Magic Leap where he was responsible for the research and prototyping of novel types of diffractive optical components which would enable the miniaturisation of AR displays. David holds a MSc. in Applied Photonics from EPFL.
Gaël Nardin
Gaël Nardin
R&D Manager
Gaël is responsible for the design and test of optical elements and manages several R&D projects with partners. His solid background and creativity is key in reinforcing our IP. He is an optical expert who has worked for Intel, where he was responsible for the characterization of optical components for AR glasses, and developed a tool successfully deployed from R&D to production line. He also worked for 5 years as a research scientist in the USA and Switzerland, developing optical metrology systems (Fourier-Transform spectroscopy, quantitative phase microscopy). Gael holds a MSc. in Physics and a PhD. in Photonics from EPFL.
José Sanchis
José Sanchis
Production & Process Manager
José is responsible for the solar panels production. Prior to joining Insolight, he worked for ten years in the automotive industry as process and manufacturing engineer. During his previous experience, he was directly involved in designing and building production lines for automotive components. He has wide international experience having worked across Europe, Asia and America and great organisation skills. José holds a MSc. in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and he did his final master thesis at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
David Olsommer
David Olsommer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
David is responsible for the solar panel encapsulation and defining the industrial product architecture. As senior mechanical engineer, he provides 20+ years experience in the automotive field at Michelin R&D, working among others on fuel cells encapsulation. His deep knowledge in mechanical design, prototyping and assembly methods is key in the transition to an industrial product. David holds a MSc. from EPFL in Mechanical Engineering.
Laetitia Anglade
Laetitia Anglade
R&D Engineer
Laetitia is is responsible for the modules’ mechanical design, manages pre-series construction and their installation on pilot sites. Prior to joining Insolight, she worked for a solar installer in Laos where she honed skills on PV system design, monitoring and maintenance, and developped a passion for the field. She successfully completed her master thesis at Insolight, redesigning the actuation system and its control algorithm. Laetitia holds a M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization in control and mechatronics, and a minor in Energy.
Noé Bory
Noé Bory
R&D Engineer
Noé is responsible for the actuation within Insolight’s modules. Prior to joining Insolight, Noé worked for Altsom Energy (>2y) on a R&D project for energy storage. He joined Insolight as its first employee in 2016. In addition to his strong technical skills in mechanical design and system optimization, Noé brings strong enthusiasm and a passion for products. Noé holds a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization in Energy Integration.
Dominika Chudy
Dominika Chudy
Reliability Engineer
Dominika is responsible for the qualification and reliability of Insolight’s modules. Prior to joining the team, she gained extensive hands-on experience with characterisation techniques and failure analysis working in R&D centers in the USA and France.
Alvaro Fernando Aguilar
Alvaro Fernando Aguilar
Electronic Engineer
Alvaro is responsible for all the electronics design, layout and validation, ranging from power electronics to control boards. His dexterity and a precision are also key during modules construction. Prior to joining Insolight, he worked 5+ years on automotive sensors at Melexis, mainly on tests, characterization and qualification. Alvaro holds a MSc. in Electronic Engineering from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia.
Mathilde Duchemin
Mathilde Duchemin
Characterisation Engineer
Mathilde is responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of the characterisation of Insolight’s modules in the optical, mechanical and electrical domain. She successfully completed her master thesis at Insolight, redesigning the optical system using home-made computational optimization based on fundamental optical physics. Mathilde holds a MSc. from EPFL in Applied Physics specialised in renewable energies.
Kalina Koleva
Kalina Koleva
Commercial Operations & Communications
Kalina is responsible for the smooth running of all commercial operations and communication at Insolight. Prior to joining the company, Kalina was a Production Manager in London, working on TV Commercials and Promos for the BBC, Red Bee and many others. She also has experience in Broadcast Design & Graphics producing various Rebrand Campaigns for TV Channels and managed projects of different scales. Kalina holds a BA in Music and Media and a B.Sc. in Economics. Speaks fluent English and Bulgarian.

Board members

Rainer Isenrich
Rainer Isenrich
Board member
Rainer is the CEO and President of Edisun Power Europe AG, a listed European solar energy producer that finances and operates solar power installations across Europe. He is also involved in several boards, including Insolight since January 2018. He formerly held senior managing positions at Georg Fischer, Stäubli or Fischer Söhne. Rainer brings strong industrial experience, a deep knowledge of the European solar market and a large network among EU PV players. He is also founder of VR group, an independent group of experienced board members.
Alan Rosling
Alan Rosling
Board member
Alan is the Chairman of Griffin Growth Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused on growth markets, especially India. He is also a director of several technology driven companies, including Insolight since January 2018. He was previously Executive Director at Tata Sons and co-founder at Kiran Energy, one of India’s pioneering solar power developers. Alan brings key business and management experience to Insolight, knowledge of the solar market in Asia and a broad network of contacts internationally.

Advisors

Daniel Brandenburger
Daniel Brandenburger
Advisor
Daniel is Insolight coach at Innosuisse, the Technology and Innovation Commission from the Swiss Confederation. He has a 25 years of experience at acquiring, restructuring and managing sales, engineering and production organizations of several companies such as Bobst, Bühler, Outotec, mainly in China. His strong industrial background, management and sales experiences bring continuous advices to Insolight. Daniel is also fluent in Chinese and has connections with the Chinese PV industry.
Marie Ivorra Grosse
Marie Ivorra Grosse
Advisor
Marie is chairwoman and advisor of several technological startups, including Insolight since 2017. She was previously CEO Ruag Space Nyon, active in the field of electromechanical devices for space applications. Thanks to her strong space industry background and senior managing experience, she brings key advices to Insolight on the technology development, specially for the interactions with the solar cells suppliers. She also has a strong network among the startups and investors community in Switzerland.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 857775

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