About us

About us
EneCoat Technologies is a spin-off company from Kyoto University in January 2018, and we develop perovskite solar cells, regarded as the most promising next-generation solar cells. The company was launched with the full support of Kyoto University based on research seeds studied over several years by Wakamiya Laboratory at Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University.

Profile

(Last Update 09/2022)

  1. Business name

    EneCoat Technologies Co.,Ltd.

  2. Founded

    January 11, 2018

  3. Capital

    90 million yen

  4. Employees

    29

  5. Head office address

    43-1, Sako Sotoyashiki, Kumiyama-cho, Kuse-gun, Kyoto Fu 613-0031
    (Relocated April 1, 2022)

  6. Lab

    Kyoto Perovskite Solar Cells Innovation Center(KPIC)
    43-1, Sako Sotoyashiki, Kumiyama-cho, Kuse-gun, Kyoto Fu

    Uji Development Center
    1-25, Nishinohata, Okubo Cho, Uji Shi, Kyoto Fu
    Uji Venture Company Training Plant, 4th

    Click here for access to each location.

  7. Board member

    President and CEO/Naoya Kato
    Chief Scientific Officer/Atsushi Wakamiya/Kyoto University Institute for Chemical Research/Professor
    Chief Technology Officer/ Tamotsu Horiuchi
    Director/Hiroaki Tanaka/Lawyer
    Outside Director/Osami Kono
    Auditor/Hiroyuki Matsushita/CPA

  8. Business

    Development, manufacture and sale of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and related materials.

Our members

【Directors & Officers】

  • Naoya Kato
    President and CEO

    Naoya Kato

    Graduated from the Department of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University.
    Engaged in a number of investment projects in real estate and business restructuring at a foreign investment bank.
    As a founding member of an independent PE fund, he experienced buyout investment.
    In November 2016, he joined Kyoto University's Incubation Program as the promotion manager.
    In January 2018, he co-founded Enecoat Technologies and assumed the representative director.

  • Atsushi Wakamiya
    Chief Scientific Officer

    Atsushi Wakamiya

    Ph.D. in Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University.
    Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
    Specialized in materials chemistry and promoted development research of perovskite solar cells at JST-COI, ALCA, NEDO and other national projects.
    He has received many awards, including the Chemical Society of Japan Progress Award, the Commendation for Young Scientists by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Nozoe Memorial Encouragement Award, etc. In January 2018, he co-founded Enecoat Technologies and assumed the director.

  • Tamotsu Horiuchi
    Chief Technology Officer

    Tamotsu Horiuchi

    Ph.D. in Biomolecular Engineering, Graduate School of Biomolecular Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology.
    Engaged in material development at a paper manufacturer and material and device development at an electrical equipment manufacturer. Specializes in organic synthetic chemistry and organic device development. He has published 8 peer-reviewed papers, one of which has been cited more than 1,300 times. He has obtained more than 120 patents in Japan and abroad.
    In March 2022, he assumed the director of Enecoat Technologies.

  • Hiroaki Tanaka
    Director

    Hiroaki Tanaka

    He received his Master's degree in Civil Law from Graduate School of Law, Waseda University.
    After working as a lawyer, he led many businesses investment and financing projects at a foreign and domestic investment bank.
    In May 2018, he assumed the director of Enecoat Technologies.

  • Osami Kono
    Outside Director

    Osami Kono

    Graduated from the Department of Polymer Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, and completed the Graduate School of Management and Policy Science, University of Tsukuba.
    General Manager, Business Planning Department and Investment Department, Innovation Capital Co., Ltd., Kyoto University.
    After working as a researcher at a chemical manufacturer, he joined Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. After working for Nikkei Business and Nikkei Net Business, he has worked on the Nikkei Biotech editorial department for 11 years. During this time, he covered universities, research institutes, companies, ministries, and regulatory authorities, and wrote about 3,000 articles.
    He joined Kyoto University Innovation Capital in April 2016, and assumed the outside director of Enecoat Technologies in December 2018.

  • Takaki Demichi
    Outside Director

    Takaki Demichi

    Graduated from Keio University Faculty of Commerce.
    SPARX Group Co., Ltd. Group Managing Executive Officer (current position), SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd. Managing Executive Officer General Manager of Next Generation Growth Investment Division (current position).
    After working for two domestic securities companies, Mr. Demichi was involved in establishing and managing multiple venture companies. He joined SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd. (currently SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd.) in 2007 where he was responsible for launching renewable energy infrastructure funds and unlisted corporate investment funds. He has also served as an outside director of multiple investment companies.
    In April 2022, he was appointed as the Outside Director of Enecoat Technologies.

  • Hiroyuki Matsushita
    Auditor and CPA

    Hiroyuki Matsushita

    Graduated from Kyoto University, Department of Economics.
    After working for a major audit firm, he started his own business, providing accounting consulting services for listed companies, listing preparation services, and tax advisory services for small and medium-sized companies.
    In addition to consulting on accounting and taxation, he has performed a wide range of services including business planning, bank financing, and business succession.
    In December 2018, he was appointed as an auditor of Enecoat Technologies.

【Leader】

  • Masashi Goto
    General Manager of Production Department

    Masashi Goto

    Master's degree in Materials Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
    After working for a precision equipment manufacturer and an electrical equipment manufacturer, he joined an Organic EL display manufacturing and sales company, where he was mainly in charge of Organic EL display development and production technology based on uniform film formation technology related to IJ coating, and led commercialization as a team management leader.
    In Enecoat technologies, he is in charge of manufacturing process development and construction of production line for Perovskite solar cells.

  • Shinji Nakamichi
    General Manager of Technology Department

    Shinji Nakamichi

    Master's degree in Molecular Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
    He was engaged in material, device and evaluation technique development and technical sales in lithium-ion battery and organic electronics such as organic solar cells in foreign capital material manufacturers.
    In Enecoat technologies, he is in charge of analysis, reliability test and quality management for Perovskite solar cells.

  • Shuhei Yamamoto
    General Manager of Development Department

    Shuhei Yamamoto

    Master's degree in Materials Engineering Science, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
    He was in charge of material, device and evaluation technique development and IP strategy activities for organic solar cell in a leading synthetic fiber manufacturer.
    In Enecoat technologies, he is in charge of development of fundamental technology and large-area coating method for Perovskite solar cells.

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