Our Vision

We are driven by a shared vision of revolutionizing the solar energy industry to make a positive impact on our planet.

We take responsibility. For making the solar industry circular. For protecting our environment. And for building a thriving world for all. We act proactively to meet future challenges and we are always mindful of our environment. This means, we put tasks and projects into practice with our hands-on mentality, we always try to improve our technology and ourselves and we love to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. This enables us to solve all challenges flexibly and efficiently.

Company Profile

SOLAR MATERIALS GmbH was founded in June 2021. Our headquarter in Magdeburg is home to our management and R&D department as well as our first automated recycling line.
While we started as a research & development company, we transform ourselves into a certified solar panel recycling company in 2023.

To date, we have raised over 3 million euros in venture capital. With bmp Ventures, First Imagine! and Katapult we are proud to have three excellent investors who share our vision of a circular solar industry and to build a thriving world for all!


The founders of our company Fridolin Franke, Jan Bargel and Dr. Jan-Philipp Mai met at the TU Braunschweig and have been working on the development of our recycling process for solar modules since 2020.
Our founding team combines business operations, engineering skills and over a decade of market knowhow, and they are driven by a shared vision of revolutionizing the solar energy industry to make a positive impact on our planet.

Fridolin Franke

Business Development, Operations & Finance


Jan Bargel

Research & Development


Dr. Jan-Philipp Mai

Strategy & Sales



“Das Grundvertrauen und die Möglichkeiten mich zu entfalten, kenne ich von keinem anderen Arbeitgeber.”

C. Pielorz, People & Organization

“Was soll ich woanders? Ich bin doch schon beim coolsten Arbeitgeber gelandet”

T. Hauck, Entwicklungsingenieur

“My first international exposure in a working environment is Solar Materials where I experienced that my self growth is relying with company’s growth.”

A. Singh, Working student Business Development & Computer Science

Partners & Networks

Over the years, we have built a strong network of industrial and scientific partners in the fields of solar, raw materials and engineering. Our core partners and networks include:

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Carolin Pielorz

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