EpiGaN, a provider of III-nitride semiconductor materials for power systems, has been listed again among the 2017 Global Cleantech 100, produced by the Cleantech Group (CTG).
Featuring companies that are positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a list of private companies with the highest potential for a market impact within a five to ten year timeframe.
The list is collated by combining proprietary CTG research data with weighted qualitative judgments from hundreds of nominations and an 86-person expert panel.
“We at EpiGaN are delighted and honored with this nomination for the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 list," said Dr Marianne Germain, CEO and co-founder of EpiGaN nv, Hasselt, Belgium.
"It is a great reward for EpiGaN’s highly committed team. Innovating with GaN technology enables drastic energy savings, as well as volume and weight reductions of power systems, enabling miniaturization and significant cost reduction in areas where traditional Si solutions cannot meet current or future system requirements.
"GaN applications are very numerous, ranging from power supply for IT systems to data servers, motor drives or solar inverters, or even wireless charging. EpiGaN's product portfolio covers state-of-the-art solutions for low-loss power switching, radio-frequency/mobile communication power and sensor applications.
"At our production facility in Hasselt (Belgium), we have developed unique GaN-on-Si and GaN-on-SiC technologies, which are more robust and enable a significant increase of the number of chips per wafer. Already available for wafer diameters up to 200mm, our solutions offer the superior material quality and necessary cost reduction path for expanding the market adoption of GaN technology to more applications,” she added.
To qualify for the CTG list, companies must be independent, for-profit cleantech companies that are not traded on any major stock exchange. This year, a record number of nominations were received: 9,900 companies from 77 countries. They were weighted and scored for a short list of 325. These nominees were reviewed by CTG’s expert panel, resulting in a finalised list of 100 companies from 17 countries.
The 86-member CTG expert panel was drawn equally from financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America. The diversity of panelists results in a list of companies that command an expansive base of support from many important players within the global cleantech ecosystem.
“The purpose of the Global Cleantech 100 program is to act as our barometric read on how the facets that contribute to the emergence and maturing of an innovation theme like cleantech are changing year on year,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group, which is headquartered in San Francisco. “Now in its 8th year, we see more signals of the mainstreaming of clean technologies, sustainability, and resource efficiency towards the point where this is just the normal way of doing business.”