Midsummer is a supplier of equipment for cost-effective production of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells. Midsummer’s turnkey production lines are compact, fully scalable and enable small-scale production of solar cells and modules.
Swedish regional development agency Almi Företagspartner AB has now decided to grant Midsummer a loan of 10 million SEK, part of which is guaranteed by the European Investment Fund, EIF. The purpose of the investment loan is to provide Midsummer with increased resources for research and development of machinery for the production of thin film solar cells, known as DUO machines.
“Our loan intends to provide opportunity for innovative companies to develop innovations and business ideas that provide growth and profitability,” says Fredrik Larsson, financial advisor, Almi Företagspartner Stockholm Sörmland AB.
“We sold a DUO system this spring to a foreign multinational company, which is yet another proof of the market potential for our system,” says Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer. “The DUO is a compact, fully automated system for production of CIGS solar cells. It is designed for high productivity, operational stability and superior material utilization.”
Midsummer’s customers are manufacturers of flexible thin film solar cells worldwide. An increasing number of companies see the benefits of the technology as it can be easily integrated in buildings (BIPV)—a rapidly growing segment.
Fredrik Larsson continues: “Through the funding we hope to provide Midsummer with the opportunity to develop and pursue its commercialization. It is hoped that Midsummer can become a model for other Swedish environmental technology companies. It will be interesting to follow the company on its journey.”
Midsummer is one of Sweden’s high-profile technology companies and has, among others, been named as one of Sweden’s hottest incubator companies (Almi). Midsummer has been named as one of Sweden’s hottest technology companies and also been repeatedly featured on the list of the nation’s fastest growing technology companies. Midsummer was the fastest growing cleantech company in the EMEA region in 2007-11 (Deloitte, Fast 500).
Almi Företagspartner AB’s vision is to create possibilities for all viable ideas and businesses to develop. Almi provides counseling, debt and equity in the enterprise all phases—from ideas to successful businesses. Almi Företagspartner AB is owned by the state.
The European Investment Fund, EIF supports the growth and development of small and medium enterprises. EIF’s founder members are the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Commission and private European financial institutions.