Organization closed on July 12, 2013
Funding Received
$520 Million in 6 Rounds from 24 Investors
San Jose, CA
Nanosolar, a producer of solar energy technologies, commercializes a low-cost printable solar cell manufacturing process.
Brian Sager
Clean Technology, Nanotechnology

Company Details


Founded in 2002 by two former Stanford PhD candidates, Nanosolar produces solar energy technologies that look to create greater efficiency by increasing yield and throughput of solar cells. The company has operations in both San Jose, CA and Germany, and has a portfolio of over 180 patents in development. In addition to funding raised through venture capital, Nanosolar was also awarded a $20 million grant by the US Department of Energy in September 2007 in part to work on a project to enable their solar panel technologies to carpet the tops of commercial building rooftops. This amount was the most given to any company as part of the Solar America Initiative that is within the President's Advanced Energy Initiative.

Past Team (18)


Board Members and Advisors (1)


Products (2)


Investors (24)

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    Aeris Capital

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    OnPoint Technologies

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  • Bc5dad50d9a1d165196867d8555c6a75

    Mohr Davidow Ventures

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  • 705686ec33483301260337ec62c516f9

    Carlyle Group

    Private Equity Fund
  • 27100d4065466eaa41d09c4f8f6adf47

    The Skoll Foundation

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  • De38e6f7903961213cf32b437346e0d8


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    Riverstone Holdings

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    EDF Ventures

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Offices/Locations (1)

  • Office

    5521 Hellyer Ave.

    San Jose, CA 95138


Competitors (2)

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    Cool Earth Solar

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  • F5a68bd27e5e7d4ddfda3dd5f765df73


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