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 07/2024)

  1. Business name

    EneCoat Technologies Co.,Ltd.

  2. Founded

    January 11, 2018

  3. Capital

    90 million yen

  4. Employees

    69

  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 Chief Executive Officer/Naoya Kato
    Chief Technology Officer/Tamotsu Horiuchi
    Chief Financial Officer/Toshihiko Tamura
    Chief Scientific Officer/Atsushi Wakamiya
    Outside Director/Osami Kono
    Outside Director/Takaki Demichi
    Auditor/Yoshihiro Yokota
    Auditor/Hiroaki Tanaka

  8. Business

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

Our members

  • Naoya Kato
    Representative Director and President, Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer

    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.

  • Tamotsu Horiuchi
    Director / Operating Officer and 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.

  • Toshihiko Tamura
    Director / Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

    Toshihiko Tamura

    Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, Public Law Course.
    Completed the CEP Course at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.

    Experience includes working in sales and corporate planning at a major general trading company, followed by roles in the content and IT industries. Responsibilities included managing overseas business, business administration, and corporate planning, with positions held as Senior Executive Officer and outside director for an strategic overseas partner company.

    Currently serving as Chief Financial Officer of the Administration Department at Enecoat, overseeing all administrative functions.
    IN July 2024,, he assumed the director of Enecoat Technologies.

  • Atsushi Wakamiya
    Director / 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.

  • 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.

  • Yoshihiro Yokota
    Auditor

    Yoshihiro Yokota

    Long engaged in stock underwriting for several Japanese securities firms and provided consultancy services, including strengthening internal management systems, for the realisation of Initial public offerings, etc., for a number of companies.
    Based on his experience at a securities company, he became a full-time auditor of a listed company that sells stamps and other office supplies on an e-commerce site.
    IN July 2024, he assumed the auditor of Enecoat Technologies.

  • Hiroaki Tanaka
    Auditor / Lawyer

    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.
    In March 2024, he assumed the auditor of Enecoat Technologies.

  • Yoshihiko Kanemitsu
    Technical advisor

    Yoshihiko Kanemitsu

    Ph.D. in Engineering, University of Tokyo.
    Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
    Specially Appointed Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University.

    Specialised in photophysics and semiconductor physics, promoting research into the characterisation of perovskite semiconductors and the development of solar cells.
    He has received many awards, including the Shimadzu Prize, Inoue Science Prize, Ichimura Prize in Science, Kato Memorial Prize, Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, GSC Prize by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ichimura Prize in Science against Global Warming.

    In April 2024, he assumed the technical advisor of Enecoat Technologies.

  • Shuhei Yamamoto
    Operating Officer / General Manager of Element 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.

  • Masaki Shima
    Operating Officer / General Manager of Production Engineerring Department

    Masaki Shima

    Ph.D, in Electronics Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University.
    Master's degree in Electronics Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University.
    Engaged in research and technology development, and overseas factory establishment for solar cells at a leading electronics manufacturer, as well as factory management for lithium-ion secondary batteries for automotive use. Also had a lot of experience in management tasks such as factory operations, cost management, product planning, and business planning.In Enecoat technologies, he is responsible for production engineering, product planning and customer relations for Perovskite solar cells

  • Hideki Kaneko
    General Manager of Production Department

    Hideki Kaneko

    Master's degree in Electronic Device Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology.
    At a major precision equipment manufacturer, he was responsible for the development of display products such as LCDs, touch panels and OLEDs, from development to mass production technology, and has created many new technologies.
    In Enecoat technologies, he is in charge of the development of production technology for perovskite solar cells.

  • Yasushi Hiroshima
    General Manager of Product Development Department

    Yasushi Hiroshima

    Ph.D. in Energy Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology.

    He was engaged in the development of thin film technologies and metal materials at a major heavy industry manufacturer. At a major precision equipment manufacturer, he was responsible for the development of high performance technology for thin film devices, the results of which were highly evaluated and awarded at international conferences.
    In Enecoat Technologies, he is in charge of the development of long-term reliability technology for perovskite solar cells and their degradation analysis.

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