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2011-11-22
Beneq wins brace of awards

High-performance industrial thin film specialist Beneq has had a busy year, at least in terms of winning international recognition for its pioneering technology.

Most recently, the company was named Best in New Materials and one of the Global Top 10 Later Stage Award Winners by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) for its innovative coating technology and green job creation.

“Our Top 10 winners are truly the best in class and the companies to watch… and are making both broad strides in their global industries as well as working closely with their regional cleantech clusters to build sustainable green economies and jobs,” according to GCCA Chairman, Ben Taube.

The GCCA Later Stage Award Top 10 winners were selected from a pool of 4,000 companies represented by the GCCA’s 33 member clusters. Dr Peter Adriaens of the University of Michigan, together with CleanTech Acceleration Partners, lead the evaluation process, along with 28 leading venture capital investors and cleantech entrepreneurs.

Just prior to this latest recognition, Beneq was also awarded the 2011 Millennium Distinction Award for excellence and growth in photovoltaics, the field of the winner of the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize, Professor Michael Grätzel. And earlier in the year, Beneq was named a Winner of Red Herring's Top 100 Europe Prize.

Based on ALD technology, Beneq’s TFS NX300 Thin Film System is a fully automatic in-line coating system for the industrial-scale manufacturing of surface passivation coatings on crystalline silicon solar cell wafers. Photo courtesy of Beneq.

A supplier of equipment and coating technology for global markets. Beneq focuses on solutions for cleantech and renewable energy fields, particularly in glass, solar and emerging thin film markets, drawing on two enabling nanotechnology platforms: Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and aerosol coating. For more on the company, see our latest article or visit the company’s Web site. Beneq also features in our article on Finland’s pioneering role in ALD technology and that of the University of Helsinki’s Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry in particular.

For more on Technology Academy Finland (TAF) and the Millennium Technology Prize, see our article and TAF’s Web site.