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LEDs and Energy-saving LED Lighting

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Shareholders in Portfolio Company 

Industry Sector 
Nanoelectronics and Photonics

Production Location 
St. Petersburg

Investment Started:  2009

Total Budget

4.80  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
2.40  bln rubles

Production of ultrabright nanoheterostructured LEDs and LED-based lighting systems using proprietary technology

Optogan uses ultrabright LEDs to manufacture the latest in energyefficient lighting systems. Patented technology using gallium nitride and full-cycle production enable the company to produce competitively priced products and control quality at every stage. Optogan’s products are among the best in the industry.

Optogan’s industrial-scale manufacturing facility is located in St. Petersburg where, in November 2010, the company commissioned its first line for LED mass production. In September 2011, the company released the first LED household bulbs ever serially produced in Russian, the Optolux E-27. With its standard screw base, the bulb can be used in any regular lamp.

The unique technology for chip production was developed by former students of Nobel Prize winner and Russian Academy of Sciences member Zhores Alferov—Maxim Odnoblyudov, Vladislav Bougrov, and Alexey Kovsh. Together they founded German-Finnish company OptoGaN. Today they lead the portfolio company. With the establishment of the new business in St. Petersburg, one of the most promising developments by Russian scientists in recent years has been brought home to the country of its origin.

Areas of application

  • Lighting industry, all segments
  • Consumer electronics


  • Producers of lighting systems and consumer electronics, individual consumers, and industrial companies and trade centers

Competitive advantages

  • Patented technology for LED production meeting world-class standards
  • Vertically integrated production including R&D
  • Competitive prices

Lighting based on semiconductor nanoheterostructures is considerably more energy efficient, using just one-tenth the electricity of incandescents. Bulb life cycles are much longer. They contain no environmentally harmful substances. With its patented technology, Optogan has achieved record-low defect rates in the semiconductor layer. Its lighting works at full effectiveness even with high current density. These features ensure a high brightness-to-price ratio for Optogan LED chips and the lighting systems.

Nanoheterostructured LEDs and energy-saving LED lighting