Specializing in the design, manufacture and sale of solar LED streetlight solutions for public spaces in developing countries, Sunna Design has just won a major contract with Saudi Arabia.
Voted France’s young social innovator by the journal MIT Technology in 2014, Thomas Samuel, CEO of the SME, will be producing custom night lighting for the future cultural center in Saudi Arabia, with 1,000 solar LED sets.
Named King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, the center will be located in the small town of Dhahran and will cover 100,000 m² (at a cost of 300 million dollars). It is set to be at the forefront of ecological technology.
Founded in 2011 at the Ecoparc de Bordeaux Blanquefort, this start-up has succeeded in leveraging itself on international markets with its solar street lamps that are capable of resisting extreme heat in tropical countries and optimizing energy storage management according to the weather.
After the company doubled its turnover between 2013 and 2014, this contract is very important for Sunna Design as the final customer is the Saudi Aramco oil company.
In order to prepare for new contracts to come, mainly with Africa, Sunna Design is making investments on its Bordeaux site in order to triple production capacity by 2016.
The company’s technology, the result of a partnership with the CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives – Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) and Saft, world leader in batteries, is unique in the world.
(Source: Sud Ouest 08/07/2015)