Published on 29/05/2018


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The Energy Transition Awards were held in Paris on Tuesday 15 May 2018, organised by the magazine L’Usine Nouvelle. As in the four previous years, the event recognises companies and projects working to accelerate energy transition.
 This year the 7 winners were honoured by the presence of Nicolas Hulot, the French Minister for Ecological Energy Transition. The jury voted ASCA© photovoltaic films as its favourite project, enabling ARMOR to walk away with the Grand Prix award.

Exploiting its expertise to develop renewable energies
The ASCA© is an example of ARMOR's bold diversification: "This mad idea was born out of conviction, know-how and the desire to achieve industrial innovation", summarises ARMOR's CEO.

In 2008, the year of the Grenelle environmental forum and the general acceptance of the reality of climate change, Hubert de Boisredon decided to relaunch innovation within the group.
Based on the historic expertise of ARMOR in the coating of thin layers onto ultra-thin film, the challenge was to develop new solutions capable of accelerating energy transition. Two projects were then launched: the first consisted of producing a current collector to improve the performance of electric lithium-ion batteries, and the second to produce organic photovoltaic films on an industrial scale.

With ASCA© we are in full innovation mode to create a material for the 21st century, Hubert de Boisredon continues.

ASCA© – a state-of-the-art technology of the future
With investments since 2010 totalling some 60 million euros, ARMOR now has an annual production capacity for ASCA© films of 1 million square metres. In March this year ARMOR brought out the largest solar films available on the market: 60cm wide, some 10cm more than the largest existing model!
There is immense market potential in all forms of architecture for these flexible and lightweight solar films (300 to 500 g/m2), which do not use any rare materials and are easily recyclable.

 They can be easily integrated within street furniture to provide an independent source of energy, explains Hubert de Boisredon, who has just established a partnership with JC Decaux.

Free of silicon and rare earths, their ease of installation and lightness provide them with excellent transportability – particularly useful for accessing energy in any location, such as isolated areas.