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Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS: ASTI) Major Move Cooking As Flexibal Solar Pioneer Secures $10 Million Funding

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS: ASTI) is moving up with power after the Company reported a new $10 million funding agreement with BD 1, the investment holding arm of the German controlling shareholders of the Company. The funding is coming in 2 tranches of $5 million in August and October. And represents a huge vote of confidence from the Company’s controlling shareholder, well-known German entrepreneur worth hundreds of millions of euros, Bernd Förtsch. ASTI has a long history of huge runs with recent highs of $0.097 per share. The stock us a volume leader on the OTC and has a huge international following. This recent funding could be the catalyst the drives ASTI into a whole new dimension as many lessor penny stocks have done in recent months. A break over a dime and its blue skies ahead for ASTI. 

The run-on ASTI earlier this year came after Bernd Fortsch became the new controlling shareholder of the Company. Bernd Fortsch is a well-known German entrepreneur worth hundreds of millions of euros, after taking control of the company he immediately brought on a top-level management team of major international executives including Michael Gilbreth as CFO and Will Clarke as class 2 director. ASTI is ex Nasdaq and as we have reported many times these ex big boards have a long history of historic moves once trading in small caps especially the OTC bulletin board.  ASTI an early pioneer in Flexible Solar Modules could not be in a stronger position as Solar Energy is currently seeing an enormous global boost. 

Ascent Solar - WikipediaAscent Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS: ASTI)  is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules using flexible substrate materials that are more versatile and rugged than traditional solar panels.  Ascent Solar modules were named as one of the top 100 technologies in both 2010 and 2015 by R&D Magazine, and one of TIME Magazine’s 50 best inventions for 2011. The technology described above represents the cutting edge of flexible power and can be directly integrated into consumer products and off-grid applications, as well as other aerospace applications.

Ascent’s flexible, ultra-lightweight, monolithically-integrated photovoltaics (PV) are based on the copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) chemistry and will benefit various future missions, ranging from CubeSats, solar sails, and potentially missions to the moon and Mars. In order to obtain the necessary data to determine how flexible CIGS performs in the space environment, Ascent’s PV modules have been undergoing extensive evaluation for years, including protracted and demanding ground simulation test and, as a part of the 10th Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-X) flight experiment aboard the International Space Station that was launched on November 17, 2018 for a duration of over one year. The upcoming LISA-T demonstration, part of NASA’s Pathfinder Technology Demonstrator 4 CubeSat slated for launch in 2022, will also include Ascent’s flexible CIGS as part of its further photovoltaic experiment.

Microcapdaily has been reporting on ASTI for years since the stock was well below the $0.01 mark. More recently we reported on Bernd Förtsch gaining a controlling interest in the Company and all the big things that have been happening here since. Bernd Förtsch is a German entrepreneur and publisher. He is the founder and owner of the Kulmbach- based Börsenmedien AG, which publishes, among other things, the stock exchange and financial magazines The Shareholder and The Investor. In addition, Bernd Förtsch is founder and owner of Aktionär TV AG and founder of the online broker flatex . Förtsch achieved notoriety above all in the context of the stock market euphoria of the Neuer Markt.  Mr. Förtsch is 60,3% owner of TubeSolar AG and he holds stakes in Companies such as BF Holding GmbH, Deposit Solutions GmbH, Flatex AG, the biggest online broker in Europe, valued at 1.2 billion Euros, Flatex Bank AG, Börsenmedien AG, Coreo AG, Fintech Group AG and many more.

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Earlier this year ASTI was selected by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for participation in two upcoming flight demonstrations – the Lightweight Integrated Solar Array and anTenna (LISA-T) project and the Solar Cruiser solar sail project. Ascent’s flexible, ultra-lightweight, monolithically-integrated photovoltaics (PV) are based on the copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) chemistry and could benefit various future missions, ranging from CubeSats, solar sails, and potentially for missions to the moon and Mars. In order to obtain the necessary data to determine how flexible CIGS performs in the space environment, Ascent’s PV module has been undergoing extensive evaluation for years, including protracted and demanding ground simulation test and, most recently, as a part of the 10th Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-X) flight experiment aboard the International Space Station that was launched on November 17, 2018 for a duration of over 1 year. The upcoming LISA-T demonstration, part of NASA’s Pathfinder Technology Demonstrator 4 CubeSat slated for launch in 2022, will also include Ascent’s flexible CIGS as part of its further photovoltaic experiment.

The Company also completed the delivery of a major contract for its HyperLight thin-film modules for high altitude airship applications. The HyperLight family of modules further reduces packaging and PV module mass, achieving best-in-class power-to-weight ratio (Specific Power) of over 350 W/kg for a fully laminated product on an airship, while streamlining customer operations to integrate the modules to their application.

On May 25 ASTI reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. The Company posted net revenue of $165K for Q1 2021, a sharp increase from the corresponding quarter in 2020 of $4K. As reported previously, the Company was predominantly in a dormant status in the first nine months of 2020 due to financial constraints and COVID-19. After a series of restructuring and recapitalization activities which began in June 2020, the Company materially restarted its operations in October 2020. Hence, leading to increased revenue as compared to the same period last year. 

Cost of revenue, however, remained relatively flat at $73K from the corresponding quarter in 2020 despite the sharp increase in net revenue and production level. This is due to our primary focus in high-margin Tier-1 specialty PV markets and better operational efficiency resulting from increasing production activity. Despite the loss from operations, the Company reported net profit of $1.9M for the quarter, which included a substantial gain of approximately $3.6M from the extinguishment of the derivative liability associated with the outstanding convertible notes, offset by $562K of accrued interest expense. Cash and cash equivalents have also improved sharply from a $168K balance in first quarter of 2020 to $3.7M for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.  

CEO Victor Lee stated: “Since September of 2020, the Ascent team has been working tirelessly to restart our operations and get caught up with the required SEC filings. Despite setbacks caused by various challenges including the lack of financial resources and the impact of COVID-19 in 2020, we have demonstrated great resiliency and are now current in our filing status, as well as getting back to regular production mode. We will build on the strength of our first quarter effort and continue to deliver improved results going forward. The recent delivery of a large PV order as announced on May 17, 2021, will certainly add to revenue growth in the second quarter and beyond. We are optimistic and certainly look forward to stronger years ahead, as we begin to execute our focused strategy in the high-value PV market. We will update our shareholders as we make continued progress.” 

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ASTI is moving up with power after the Company reported a new $10 million funding agreement with BD 1, the investment holding arm of the German controlling shareholders of the Company. The funding is coming in 2 tranches of $5 million in August and October. And represents a huge vote of confidence from the Company’s controlling shareholder, well-known German entrepreneur worth hundreds of millions of euros, Bernd Förtsch. ASTI has a long history of huge runs with recent highs of $0.097 per share. The stock us a volume leader on the OTC and has a huge international following. This recent funding could be the catalyst the drives ASTI into a whole new dimension as many lessor penny stocks have done in recent months. A break over a dime and its blue skies ahead for ASTI. The run-on ASTI earlier this year came after Bernd Fortsch became the new controlling shareholder of the Company. Bernd Fortsch is a well-known German entrepreneur worth hundreds of millions of euros, after taking control of the company he immediately brought on a top-level management team of major international executives including Michael Gilbreth as CFO and Will Clarke as class 2 director. ASTI is ex Nasdaq and as we have reported many times these ex big boards have a long history of historic moves once trading in small caps especially the OTC bulletin board.  ASTI an early pioneer in Flexible Solar Modules could not be in a stronger position as Solar Energy is currently seeing an enormous global boost.  We will be updating on ASTI as events unfold so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what is going on with ASTI.

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Disclosure: we hold no position in ASTI either long or short and we have not been compensated for this article.

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