The origin of Textil Energy

The CEO of the company shares the history about how he has founded Textil Energy.

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Juan Toribio, CEO and founder of Textil Energy

Everything started to develop in the master’s degree course of Nano science and  molecular nanotechnology in the beginning of 2012. In said master’s degree, Juan Toribio, CEO and founder of Textil Energy, had the chance to distinguish and unravel the basic physics and chemistry with help of the engineering technology of the university, so he could apply a worldly and practical sense to any area of the sciences.

Due to the fascination of renewable energies and towards R&D, that our CEO always had, and the urge to create a company, that is based on high-quality technology, he started the project “Textil Energy”.

To begin with, he wanted to focus on an area that already was a bit known in society, but would gain more knowledge in the next 10 years and that also would allow to generate economic benefits from an early stage. All of this thinking led to the decision, to specialize in 3rd generation photovoltaics, with which Michael Graetzel emulated the photosynthesis in semiconductor materials in the 80s.

Michael Graetzel
Michael Graetzel
Ejemplo de Dye Solar Cells (fotovoltaica de 3ª generación)
Ejemplo de Dye Solar Cells (fotovoltaica de 3ª generación)

Once, the sector to work in was chosen, he required a specialization in both theoretics and practice in the area of 3rd generation photovoltaics. For the realization he worked in the research team of the University of Jaume I (in Spanish). This time lasted for one year. A time, where he reached a gran depth on an international level in the area of photovoltaic in the 3rd generation.

In February 2013 it was time to form a multidisciplinary team of high quality and to create a business model to start the adventure.

A big help was the participation in a theoretical and practical course organized by the CEEI of Castellón called ‘Onda Factory 2013’, where they learned how to accelerate a company from the roots, with special help in creating, networking, co-working and housing.

October 17th, 2013 is the date, where Textil Energy wasn’t only existing as idea, but became real on paper, as it got established as Limited Society.

In January 2014 the number of business partners increased. All of them are now forming the management team:

Juan Toribio (CEO): Responsible for the photovoltaic area, electronics and optoelectronics.

Juan Demetrio Chillarón (COO & Export Manager): Responsible for the Product Design and Relationships with clients.

David Montoro (CMO): Responsible for Marketing and Sales representative.

Juan Martínez (CFO): Responsible for Finances and eBusiness

Intenanomat SL (CTO): Responsible for the Area R&D

Thanks to all of the team, Textil Energy is no longer only an idea or a concept, but it got reality. We already started to consolidate sales throughout Spain with loyal customers, that believe in our growing and are proud to be part of a different movement and to distinguish themselves from other distributors.

In the moment Textil Energy is situated in a university atmosphere, as the office is located on the campus of the Polytechnic City of Innovation of the UPV and our research unit in the Scientific Park of the University Valencia, where we nourish from the grand know-how they have in the investigation centers in the community.

The business plan has changed over time, due to changes in the market, but the general idea is still unchanged. Those are to continually generate innovative products with integrated solar technology that improve the quality of life of the user. They also keep our own production of solar modules of the 3rd generation in mind.

Energía Solar

En Textil Energy trabajamos y vendemos paneles solares con la que transformamos la energía del sol. Pero, te debes de haber preguntado ¿qué es exactamente la energía solar? ¿Y qué otros recursos de energía renovable hay? Para aclarar estas preguntas vamos a escribir sobre las diferentes energías renovables y como esta energía se está produciendo. Hoy vamos a empezar con la energía solar.

Explicado en líneas generales: la energía solar es energía del sol. La luz del sol se convierte en calor y después en electricidad o directamente en electricidad. La primera opción se conoce como energía solar térmica y la segunda se conoce como energía solar fotovoltaica.

Harace-Bénédict de Saussure, un físico suizo, fue la primera persona que descubrió las “cajas calientes” que ahora son la base de la energía térmica. En el siglo XVII el vidrio sufrió un crecimiento abrupto en su demanda, hecho que fue utilizado por él para cubrir una caja de madera pintada de negro en el interior. Cuando él puso una capa de vidrio encima de esta caja y el sol empezó a brillar directamente, la temperatura en el interior de esta caja subió a 87ºC. Se había producido la primera calefacción térmica de la historia.

Desde entonces la tecnología ha progresado, pero los paneles solares de hoy en día todavía parecen lo mismo en su interior. Principalmente son cajas de escaso espesor pintadas de negro en su interior. En el interior de la caja se puede encontrar un receptor en el cual el agua corre. Encima de la caja se encuentra una cubierta transparente, que está hecha de vidrio en la mayor parte de las veces. Cuando el sol irradia la caja, el agua se calienta. Después de que el agua alcance una temperatura fijada, el agua se dirige a un depósito donde se almacena el agua caliente, dónde ya se puede usar este agua directamente o bien utilizar esta agua para producir electricidad.

La energía fotovoltaica se basa en la conversión fotovoltaica, que descubrió el físico francés Alexander Edmond Becquerel en 1839. Él descubrió que, cuando dos electrodos toman un baño de acidez antes de exponerlos a luz, una corriente eléctrica tiene lugar entre ambos electrodos. Este descubrimiento fue el punto de partida a toda una casaca de avances en este sentido en los siguientes años. Hertz descubrió que se produce más electricidad cuando los electrodos se exponen a luz UV. Estos descubrimientos permitieron crear la primera célula de silicio que data de la década de los 50s. La eficiencia ha ido aumentando paulatinamente del 6% al 24% en los últimos años.

Actualmente aprovechamos la energía solar por medio de estas dos vias.

Solar Energy

In Textil Energy we are working with and selling solar panels to receive energy from the sun. But did you ever ask yourself what exactly solar energy is? And what are all the other renewable energy resources? To clarify all that, we are going to write about the renewable energies and how energy is produced while using the different possibilities. Today we are going to start with solar energy.

Broadly explained: solar energy is energy from the sun. Sunlight gets converted into either warmth and then electricity or it is being directly converted into electricity. Former one is known as solar thermal energy, later is known as photovoltaics.

Harace-Bénédict de Saussure, a swiss physicist, was the first person who came across “hot boxes” that are now the foundation of thermal energy. In the 17th century glass was used more often as before and he had a wooden box painted black. As he put a glass-covering on top and the sun was directly shining onto the box, the inside reached 87°C. The first solar thermal heating took place.

It then got further developed, but today’s solar panels still look alike in their interior. Mainly, low long boxes are used, that are painted black on the inside. In the inside of the box you can find an absorber, where mainly water is flowing through. On top of the box you can find a transparent cover, which often is made out of glass. While the sun is shining onto the box, the water is heating up. After a certain temperature, this water is led into the hot water storage, where it can directly be used as warm water supply or be converted into electricity.

Photovoltaics are based on the photovoltaic effect, that was discovered by the french physicist Alexander Edmond Becquerel in 1839. He discovered that, when two electrodes took an acid bath before being exposed to light, electricity is flowing between those electrodes. This discovery was formed over the years. Hertz discovered that more electricity is flowing when the electrodes are exposed to UV-light.

Based on those discoveries the first silicon solar cell was build in the fifties. The degree of effectiveness has since then been raised from 6% to 24%.

With those two possibilities we are receiving solar power.

Energías Renovables en España

Cuando la gente habla de energías renovables, Alemania y Dinamarca son a menudo los primeros países que la gente asocia. Estos países han dejado por escrito en su portafolio que hitos deben ir logrando en los próximos años a fin de poder disminuir los efectos derivados del cambio climático por medio del uso de fuentes de energía renovables.

¿Qué sucede con otros países europeos, especialmente España?

España posee también un sector dedicado a energías renovables de gran tamaño. En 2013, el 42.4% de toda la energía que se produjo en España provino de fuentes de energías renovables. De las cuales, el primer puesto lo constituye la energía eólica con el 21.1% de la producción. Afortunadamente en 2013 se produjeron muchas tormentas en España lo que propicio el aumento de esta partida energética. Las tormentas trajeron consigo lluvias y con ello se vio igualmente incrementada la producción de energía hidráulica, la cual dobló la cifra respecto el 2012, situándola en el 14.4% de la producción energética.

En Navidad, las centrales nucleares tienden a bajar su producción debido a que no se genera tanta demanda. Por tanto, en épocas navideñas el porcentaje de producción de renovables se ve incrementado porcentualmente respecto otras fuentes de producción más convencionales.

Aunque la energía solar tan sólo constituyó el 5% de la energía total, REE (Red Eléctrica de España) ha recibido 200 peticiones con la finalidad de que se conecten los diferentes campos solares a la red eléctrica. Una vez REE acepte todas estas peticiones, se calcula que la producción energética en España debido a la energía solar supondrá 1/3 parte de la producción energética nacional. Ahora la barrera ya no es el dinero, sino la burocracia que conllevaría esta gran interconexión.

Se requerirá tiempo hasta que las 200 peticiones sean atendidas y aprobadas, pero la espera y los esfuerzos valdrán la pena por el vivir en un país en que la mayor parte de la energía consumida proviene del Sol.

Renewable Energies in Spain

When people talk about renewable energies, Germany and Denmark are often the countries, they are talking about. They have an energy portfolio, in which they have written down all the achievements they want to do, to slow climate change and change the energy resources.

But what is with other European countries, especially Spain?

Spain also has a huge sector of renewable energies. In 2013 42,4% of all energy used and generated in Spain, were renewable energies. Right on top, even before nuclear energy was wind energy. 21,1% of Spain’s energy in 2013 was produced by wind. Fortunately that year was a year full of storms, so that more wind could be used and transformed into energy. It was also a year full of rain, which increased water power by double. 14,4% of Spain’s energy was generated by water.

On Christmas day, the nuclear power station had to be decreased, as people weren’t demanding as much energy as it produced. Hence giving more room for renewable energies.

Although solar energy was only responsible of 5% of generating energy, REE (Red Eléctrica de España) received 200 requests to connect solar panel fields to the power network. If REE is accepting all of those requests, one third of Spain’s energy would be supplied by the sun. The barrier isn’t the money anymore, but all the paperwork around that. It will still take time, until all of the 200 networks get connected to the power network, but we look forward to live in a country, where most energy will be supplied by the sun.

Final Nacional del Clean Launch Pad

47 – 13 – 3

Estos son los números a destacar del Clean Launch Pad dependiente del Climate-KIC. 47 equipos de España han solicitado la participación en el concurso, 13 han sido seleccionadas para la final nacional y 3 equipos son los que finalmente participarán en la final europea en Valencia el próximo día 29 de Octubre.

Textil Energy fue uno de los equipos seleccionados y que consiguió pasar a la final nacional. A pesar de no conseguir llegar a la final europea, hemos aprendido muchísimo durante este concurso. Tuvimos el Boot Camp a principios de Septiembre, dónde aprendimos mucho sobre el mercado, de finanzas y cómo enfocar el proyecto hacia una presentación de cinco minutos delante de un jurado multidisciplinario e internacional, como la que presentamos el día 20 de Octubre.

Adicional tuvimos una formación extra el fin de Septiembre, para aprender cómo hacer mejor el Pitch y potenciar aspectos importantes de la conducta y otros aspectos claves durante la presentación.

La presentación giraba entorno a no sobrepasar el tiempo máximo de 5 minutos. 5 minutos donde se tenía que incluir toda la información que desea escuchar tanto el inversor como los miembros de las instituciones europeas representadas, explicando cómo funciona nuestro proyecto y como será en el futuro. Esto suena más fácil de lo que es. De los 8 minutos iniciales lo tuvimos que condensar a 5 minutos, sin que se notase que perdíamos información. Lo logramos al final! Pero no fue suficiente para acceder a la final europea.

Kerstin presentando el Pitch de 5min a la final nacional
Kerstin presentando el Pitch de 5min a la final nacional

Queremos felicitar los equipos ganadores Solaraysenergy, Evovelo y Aerox, deseando solo lo mejor para la final europea.

National Final of the Clean Launch Pad

47 – 13 – 3

Those are the significant numbers of the Clean Launch Pad, dependent of the Climate-KIC. 47 applications from throughout Spain, 13 got into the national final and three head on to the European final which will take place in Valencia next week, October 29th.

We were one of the applicants and we were one of the finalists. We didn’t make it into the European final, but we still learned a lot throughout this competition. We had the boot camp in the beginning of September, where we learned a lot about Markets, finances and how to give a presentation of five minutes in front of a multidisciplinary and international jury, like we presented it on October 20th.

Additionally we had a Pitch-Training at the end of September, where we learned how to make our Pitch better, how to present, and what the key aspects of the presentations were.

And then there was the preparation time of the presentation. Five minutes had to be filled, with all the important things, that explain the project, the future of our project and all the information that potential investors and jury members would like to hear. That sounds easier, as it actually is. From eight minutes we had to shorten our text to five minutes, without losing any information. We managed it in the end! But it wasn’t enough for the final.

Kerstin presenting the 5min Pitch during the National Final
Kerstin presenting the 5min Pitch during the National Final

We would like to congratulate the winners Solaraysenergy, Evovelo and Aerox and wish them all the best of luck in the European final.