Thursday, November 8, 2007

Solar energy start-up XJet raises $9m

According to Globes, Israeli start-up XJet Ltd. has raised $9 million in its first financing round from Gemini Israel Funds, Swiss investment fund Good Energies, Taiwanese semiconductor equipment manufacturer Spirox and private investors.

XJet is currently operating stealth mode. According to a press release, the company's vision is to redefine solar cells cost efficiency through the introduction of innovative, next generation deposition technologies. Helping an oil free world future, the solar energy industry has to dramatically grow its capacity and accelerate its cost reduction. XJet is among the first companies in the world to focus on the solar fab and provide the solar cell manufacturers with dedicated highly efficient tools.

This is the second cleantech investment by Gemini Israel Funds. In August, the firm invested in efficient lighting company Metrolight.

Ofir Baharav, XJet's CEO, said, “For years Hanan Gothait, President and CTO, and I have been aspiring to combine our skills and create a meaningful company. Accelerating the adoption of solar-generated, environmentally friendly energy sources is a most worthy cause. We feel fortunate to receive the backing of such a prestigious investment consortium; this is a critical step towards realizing our mission”