SunPartner Technologies and 3M Collaborate to Deliver the Only Wireless Transparent Solar Charging System for Consumer Mobile

  SunPartner Technologies and 3M Collaborate to Deliver the Only Wireless
  Transparent Solar Charging System for Consumer Mobile Electronics

Sustainable Technologies and Global Innovation to Change the Way Consumers Use
             Their Mobile Devices in Business and Every Day Lives

Business Wire

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France & ST. PAUL, Minn. -- October 21, 2013

Sunpartner Technologies and 3M Company announce an agreement to collaborate in
product development and technical solutions, capitalizing on innovative
engineered electronics materials from 3M and transparent solar cell
technologies from Sunpartner Technologies. The two companies are developing a
sustainable wireless transparent micro component that will charge devices
while they are being used and exposed to light. This game-changing development
will give consumers the ability to charge their mobile phones and tablets with
just natural or artificial light -- no electrical outlets needed to power.

Combining 3M Optically Clear Adhesives with SunPartner’s Wysips® Crystal
drives this innovative advance in consumer electronics energy management.
Wysips®—What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface—transforms any surface into a
solar panel that can generate its own energy from natural or artificial light.
These photovoltaic cells activate from the moment they are exposed to light
and charge the battery or power the equipment they are connected to,
revolutionizing businesses and the daily lives of consumers with electronics
always at the ready.

Wysips® ultra-thin transparent photovoltaic layer is embedded into electronic
displays and supplies enough energy to keep the device charged, so it will not
run out of power. The more sophisticated phones and their integrated features
-- apps, gaming, movies, books, email, web -- suck the life out of batteries –
a common complaint among consumers. Extended battery life is, therefore,
taking on ever-greater importance in consumer purchase decisions. The
continuous solar charge makes phones always accessible– indoors or outdoors.

The combination of SunPartner’s Wysips® Crystal technology with 3M Optically
Clear Adhesives will be a sustainable answer to the consumer electronics
industry’s energy management needs.

Based on core 3M adhesive technology, 3M Optically Clear Adhesives are
precision-manufactured to eliminate common adhesive visual defects such as
bubbling, which can distort the display and diminish consumer satisfaction
with their device. 3M OCA’s precisely meet specific display bonding
requirements with the unique ability to customize the functionality,
reactivity and performance of the adhesive.

3M’s collaborative culture and bench-to-bench approach, combined with
electronics materials expertise, breadth of product portfolio and alignment
with key consumer electronics industry leaders strategically complement
SunPartner’s emerging technologies presenting a sustainable and innovative
answer to demanding industry needs.

“We see strong synergies to serve our customers in consumer electronics
markets with the help of 3M as a trusted partner and expert in materials
excellence,” said Ludovic Deblois, president and co-founder of Sunpartner
Technologies. “Their reach with world-class mobile and display manufacturers,
combined with our efforts, will enable us to move faster and to develop
revolutionary solutions and foresee world-class support for a wide range of
applications for our customers to help speed their products to market.”

Suited to indoor or outdoor applications, the technology can be integrated
into all kinds of displays and nomad devices: mobile phone, ereaders,
electronics shelves labels, watches, wireless sensors. The added source of
energy production changes neither the design nor aesthetics of the device. The
transparent photovoltaic component is connected to an electronic chip, which
converts and manages the energy produced to charge a battery.

“It is exciting to see both an innovative and sustainable solution for this
industry. We are thrilled to leverage our technical materials expertise, along
with SunPartner‘s unique solutions, to enable key customers worldwide to bring
new and exciting possibilities to the next generation of electronic devices”
said Herve Gindre, vice president and general manager, 3M Electronics Markets
Materials. “This team effort aligns well with 3M’s commitment to collaborative
innovation, sustainability and improving business and people’s lives.”

The Wysips Crystal® with 3M Optically Clear Adhesives is designed to be used
with existing materials and screen technologies with an eye on product
development for materials and designs of the future. 3M’s ongoing commitment
to supply and meet customers’ demands for better and sustainable solutions
that add value will continue to be at the forefront of next-generation

The agreement between Sunpartner Technologies and 3M will benefit licensees,
industry and consumers with a sustainable solution that changes the energy
management of electronic devices and will provide new freedom for consumers.
Under the agreement, Sunpartner Technologies is now designing prototypes for
three global leaders in mobile telephony. The company plans to finalize two
new agreements in the coming months and sign the first licenses during the
first half of 2014.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

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About Sunpartner Technologies

Founded in 2008, Sunpartner Technologies is an engineering company
specializing in Solar NETs (New Energy Technologies). They develop innovative
solutions in the field of light energy and smart surfaces. Based in
Aix-en-Provence (France), the company has a team of 40 employees. Sunpartner
Technologies has recently won awards in innovation and from the business

2012             Ernst & Young Enterprise of the Future
March 2013         Nobel Sustainability® Clean Tech Company
September 2013     Technology Pioneer, World Economic Forum

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