Dracula Technologies: a startup with long teeth

By launching the world’s first man-made organic photovoltaic cell, Dracula Technologies intends to transform the connected sector and challenge the hegemony of batteries.

Bright invention

The principle of Dracula Technologies is based on Layer®, a printing technology that generates energy from ambient light. The process is based on a production method using digital printing. Like a desktop printer using graphic inks, Layer® modules are printed with functional inks manufactured by the company. The latter breaks down into conductive materials without rare earths or lead. In this way, the performance of the modules is optimized depending on the environment in which the product is used, whether indoors, outdoors, or even mixed environments. Working like a miniature solar panel, the Layer® can recharge and power the object it’s attached to, even in dimly lit environments.

Another advantage, and no less important, is the printing technique used to create certain forms, especially on flexible supports. Layer® technology is a juxtaposition of multiple layers, each with specific physical properties that, when combined, generate energy from ambient light. All materials are wrapped in a flexible barrier film to protect against UV rays, pollution and even moisture. The solution is not only effective, but also part of an ecological approach: “All product layers are recyclablerecalls Rahiss Mamod Ramji, the company’s marketing manager, before adding that one gram of the ink used is one square meter of the module.”

face stack

The company has now developed a product that is optimally sized for use in the home automation sector and small connected equipment. Thus, Dracula Technologie is positioned in the market of connected objects with low energy consumption with four characteristics: the use of environmental energy; Commitment to Greentech by eliminating the use of rare earth or heavy materials; reducing energy costs in the long run with ten years of support (where battery life rarely exceeds three years) and full product customization.

For Rakhiss Mamoda Ramji, the purpose of the company is clear: “Compete on the stack.” An ambitious solution that has already convinced the company’s partner, Renesas Electronics Corporation, and has been recognized for its quality, as evidenced by the European badge obtained at the beginning of the year.

Radiant dynamics

Since its founding in 2011, the startup has never stopped making research and development its priority, and it is this dynamic that explains the company’s success. After raising €2 million in 2016 and locating its operations in Valence – a city known as a strong center for French technology – Dracula Technologies successfully raised a second €2.4 million fundraiser with MG Digital in 2020, allowing it to re-premise . in order to use new machines with enhanced production. The company currently has 21 employees and is showing a willingness to add at least six additional people with “technical” profiles, as is already the case for 80% of the team. Dracula Technologies is very interested in scientific research, with four PhDs, 64 publications and six patents, four of which are in the process of being published. The company does not intend to stop there, the goal for 2022 is to prepare for the industrialization stage, which will bring production to hundreds of thousands of units. In a time of multiple connected devices, the future of the company’s solution seems to be in the cards.

Emile Le Selle