Chip-scale photovoltaics startup raises funds

August 22, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
Sol Chip Ltd. (Haifa, Israel), a developer of an energy harvesting photovoltaic chip, has completed a round of funding led by Dowell Property Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong.

Dowell and its subsidiaries operate restaurants in Hong Kong and invest in property in the People's Republic of China, according to a Financial Times database.

Sol Chip, founded in 2009, has begun offering an energy harvester photovoltaic cell chip, the Saturn 100, which offers a selection of six output voltages from 0.75 volts to 9 volts. The company said it would use the $5 million to expand operations and recruit more staff.

Sol Chip describes its Saturn chip, which is available on the Eval-101 evaluation board, as the everlasting solar battery. From a die size of about 1 square centimeter it can provide 4mW in direct sunlight and up to 22-microwatts in office lighting situations, the company states on its website.

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