Our history

Sustainability has always been part of who we are.

While Genius Watter might be a young company, the idea behind our inception didn’t come along by pure chance. We actually have lengthy experience in the solar energy industry under our belt.

Back in 1981, co-founder Franco Traverso opened the first company to manufacture solar cells and modules in Carmignano di Brenta (in the Italian province of Padua).

This marked the start of a journey paved with important experiences, technological innovations, successes, ideas and plenty of challenges that were overcome, with a single goal: to have a positive impact with what we do.

We are a young business, with lengthy experience as pioneers of solar energy under our belt.

Today, we are experiencing our greatest challenge, inspired by a famous phrase:

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

And so our history as Life Changers began.

Franco Traverso, a pioneer in the solar industry.


Franco Traverso, co-founder, president and CTO of Genius Watter, establishes the company named Helios Technology srl and embarks on his entrepreneurial journey into the photovoltaic industry, more specifically the manufacture of latest generation cells and modules, employing techniques that are revolutionary for the time, and developing the market in Europe and Africa.


Design and build of a solar-powered pumping system in Burundi, designed to provide 5,000 people living in surrounding villages with access to water (at the time, it was the highest solar pumping operation in the world, as it pumped water to a height of 250 metres), and a hybrid pumping system (solar + diesel) for a fish farming facility near Lake Turkana, in Kenya.


Franco sets up a company, based in Nairobi, for the sale and distribution of photovoltaic kits and energy and water-pumping systems across the Horn of Africa.


Design and build of over 2,000 standalone PV systems for use by Italian farms. Over the same period, Franco designs and produces the first 15 battery-free water pumping systems in Sardinia.


Production of the largest ever system of solar-powered streetlamps produced to date, for the Italian province of Brindisi.


Through his Helios Technology company, Franco undertakes no less than 6 know-how transfers and the supply of equipment and systems for the manufacture of solar modules in Sweden, South Africa, China, India, and Croatia. Joint ventures are established with local partners.


Silfab Srl is founded to produce Polysilicon, a hyperpure raw material that is strategic in the solar value chain.


Inception of Silfab Solar Inc., with facilities in Canada and the US, specializing in the production of high-efficiency solar modules, with an annual production capacity of 1.2 GW and over 650 employees.


Franco establishes a company through which he launches the production of an innovative bifacial high-efficiency solar cell, designed by him in conjunction with an international team.

Our history


Genius Watter is founded in 2018: we start planning a future in which clean water becomes an instrument for changing the world and improving the lives of many. We produce the experimental system/first pilot plant in Cape Verde, along with other solar projects.


We produce the first real plant in a village in Cape Verde, which earns Genius Watter the accolade of “Solar Innovation of the year” awarded by the African Solar Industry Association (AFSIA).


We start standardizing processes, methods and components to ensure each project offers high performance and operates correctly over the years. Growth continues in Cape Verde, and we open a new market in Somalia.


This is the year we start expanding into other countries, like Zanzibar, Kenya, Tanzania, the Mediterranean region and Italy.

…so what does Genius Watter's future hold?

We have so many goals, all fuelled by the passion and expertise of an international team:

Being Life Changers, ensuring sustainable access to clean water from seawater, brackish and hard water sources wherever it is needed across the globe, paving the way for additional markets.

Continuing to be a business whose every action is driven by sustainability, and whose unwavering focus is to achieve the best social, environmental and humanitarian outcomes.



More than a professional choice, the desire to change the world is first and foremost a life choice.

A commitment we doggedly pursue with a passion.

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