Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a development stage company, focuses on commercializing flexible photovoltaic (PV) modules using its proprietary thin film technology. The company’s proprietary manufacturing process deposits multiple layers of materials, including a thin film of copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) semiconductor material, on a flexible, lightweight, high tech plastic substrate using a roll-to-roll manufacturing process and then laser patterns the layers to create interconnected PV cells, or PV modules, in a process known as monolithic integration. The company offers the EnerPlex Kickr and EnerPlex Jumpr product series. The Kickr IV is an extremely portable, compact and durable solar charging device, approximately 7 inches by 7 inches when folded, and weighs less than half a pound. The Kickr IV provides 6.5 watts of regulated power that can help charge phones, digital cameras, and other small USB enabled devices. The Kickr IV is used for outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking and mountain climbing, as well as daily city use. To complement the Kickr IV, the company also released the Jumpr series of portable power banks in 2012. The Jumpr series provides a compact power storage solution for those who need to recharge their portable electronics while on the go. During 2013, the EnerPlex brand expanded with the addition of two new product series, as well as approximately 15 new products. In 2013, the company introduced further additions to the Jumpr line of portable power banks; releasing the Jumpr Mini and Jumpr Stack in August and the Jumpr Max in September. The latest additions to the Kickr line of portable solar chargers, the Kickr I and Kickr II, were introduced in August at the Outdoor Retailer show. Furthermore, in 2013, the company released its first series of solar integrated backpacks, the EnerPlex Packr. The Packr is a functional backpack ideal for charging mobile electronic devices while on the go. Also in 2013, the company introduced the Surfr battery and solar case for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and the Surfr battery and solar case for Apple’s iPhone 5. To compliment its primary product lines, the company added an assortment of accessories, all of which could be integrated into the EnerPlex ecosystem of products, such as the LED wand, which could be plugged into a Jumpr power bank to provide hours of light, or the Travel Adaptor, which enables consumers to charge up their Jumpr power banks from a traditional outlet anywhere in the world. In 2013, the company pursued new distribution channels for the EnerPlex brand, these activities have led to placement in various high-traffic ecommerce venues, such as www.walmart.com, www.brookstone.com, and www.newegg.com, as well as various others, including its own e-commerce platform at www.goenerplex.com. Throughout 2014, EnerPlex released multiple additions to the Jumpr line of products, including the Jumpr Stack 3, 6 & 9, innovative batteries equipped with tethered micro-USB and Apple Lightning cables and revolutionary Stack & Charge design, enabling batteries to be charged simultaneously when they are placed on top of one another. Also released in 2014 were the Jumpr Slate series, products, which push the boundaries of how thin batteries can be, the Jumpr Slate 10k, at approximately 7mm thick was the thinnest lithium polymer battery available when it was released. The Jumpr Slate 5k and 5k Lightning each come with a tethered micro-USB and Lightning cable respectively; freeing consumers from worrying about toting extra cables with them while on the move. In 2014, EnerPlex products were launched with multiple online and brick-and-mortar partners, including BestBuy.com, 300 premium Verizon Wireless stores through partner The Cellular Connection (TCC) and 25 Micro Center stores across 16 states. The company continues to design and manufacture PV integrated consumer electronics, as well as portable power applications for commercial and military users. The company’s target consumers include frequent travelers, students, business professionals and those spending extended time outdoors away from the power grid (hunters, campers, park rangers, miners, construction workers, etc.). The company’s EnerPlex sales strategy includes sales directly to large retailers, as well as through distributors who serve retailers. In 2015, the company plans to continue its expansion of distribution channels both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2013, the company established its e-commerce presence through www.goenerplex.com, where its retail customers could purchase its EnerPlex products and have them delivered directly from its warehouse. The company’s products are also available on various third party e-commerce sites, including www.amazon.com, www.bestbuy.com, www.walmart.com, www.newegg.com, www.frys.com, www.sears.com, and various others. Research and Development During 2014, the company incurred approximately $24.5 million in research and development costs, which include research and development incurred in relation to its government contracts, as well as manufacturing costs incurred while developing its product lines and manufacturing process. Intellectual Property The company has 10 unpublished pending patent applications in related areas, 5 of which were filed in 2014. History Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2005. The company was incorporated under the laws of Delaware in 2005.
ascent solar technologies
12300 Grant Street
Thornton, CO 80241
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