TORONTO, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce
that Asif Ansari, former CEO of Los Angeles based eSolar, Inc., has
taken the position of Chief Executive Officer at Toronto startup Morgan
Solar. Ansari, considered one of the most successful start-up CEOs in
the solar energy world, has founded several successful companies and
led the development and commercialization of over 20 technical products
in the cleantech and aerospace markets. Under Ansari's leadership,
eSolar attracted financial backing from Google and emerged as a global
leader in solar thermal technologies. Ansari has now relocated to
Toronto and will apply his experience and expertise to commercializing
Morgan Solar's breakthrough technology, the Sun Simba concentrating
solar panel. "Morgan Solar has done something I wasn't sure was
possible - they have cracked the code for CPV (concentrated solar PV)
optics, substantially lowering its costs to where it can now deliver a
value proposition significantly better than PV (photovoltaics)," said
Ansari. "Morgan was able to see the problem in a whole new way,
starting with inventing a new optical concentrator to replace
conventional Fresnel lens architectures. The potential of this
technology is massive."
MaRS Discovery District has been working closely with Morgan Solar,
helping it evolve into a Canadian cleantech success story. "Ansari
coming to Toronto represents the biggest brain gain for Ontario in the
cleantech sector I've seen," says Tom Rand, Cleantech Practice Lead
Advisor at MaRS. "Ansari has enjoyed a string of successes, including
eSolar, and he didn't come to Morgan to fail. The quality of Morgan's
management team, with these sorts of additions, demonstrates their
ability to go global on a major scale."
Toronto's Morgan Solar, founded by brothers John Paul and Nicolas Morgan
in 2007 and poised to become a global leader in solar energy, raised
USD $8.2 million in Series A funding in 2009 and has attracted more
than $5M in public funding, including the Ontario Ministry of Research
& Innovation's Innovation Demonstration Fund (MRI-IDF), the Industrial
Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and Sustainable Development
Technology Canada (SDTC). The company has also secured investments from
Iberdrola, the world's largest new renewable energy provider, and Nypro
Inc., a global leader in injection molding and contract manufacturing.
Their product—the Sun Simba—will be entering large-scale production in
2011. Currently, Ansari is working to raise a significant Series-B
funding round for the company.
MaRS Discovery District, located in downtown Toronto, offers a
comprehensive range of business services to help nurture innovation in
key science and technology sectors, including clean technology. "MaRS
has been engaged with us for some time and they have contributed an
invaluable amount to our success to date," said Nic Morgan, VP of
Business Development and co-founder of Morgan Solar. "Closing an
investment for a start-up in 2009 was tough and MaRS was instrumental
in assisting us with what turned out to be an excellent deal."
MaRS Discovery District (www.marsdd.com) is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto
and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada's next
generation of technology companies. MaRS works closely with
entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market
leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications
and entertainment technologies, clean tech, advanced materials and
engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses.
About Morgan Solar
Morgan Solar Inc. (www.morgansolar.com) was founded in 2007 to develop next generation solar power
technologies that will make solar energy significantly less expensive.
They have developed a number of solar energy technologies, of which the
first to market will be the Sun Simba concentrating solar PV panel.
The Sun Simba uses total internal reflection (TIR) to capture, bend,
and transport sunlight within an acrylic structure less than 10 mm
thick - achieving the solar industry's highest reported optical
concentration, in the most compact form to date. The Sun Simba is the
first solar panel to leverage the huge potential of high efficiency,
multi-junction PV cells by providing the first cost effective
Morgan Solar is now focused on certifying the Sun Simba and deploying
systems at test and demonstration sites in Ontario and in California.
The Sun Simba will be available for ground-mounted projects in late
SOURCE MaRS Discovery District
For further information: For further information:
Vanessa Caldwell, MaRS Communications
Nicolas Morgan, VP Business Development, Morgan Solar Inc.