CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore
Prof. Aberle’s research focuses on reducing the cost of electricity generated with silicon solar cells. In the 1990s, he established the Silicon PV department at ISFH in Germany. Prof. Aberle then worked for 10 years in Australia, as a professor for PV at the University of New South Wales. In 2008, he joined NUS to establish SERIS, with particular responsibility for the creation of a Silicon PV department.
VP of Business Development; Cyrium Technologies Inc.
Eelco is a 25+ year semiconductor executive with extensive international experience. He currently serves as VP of Business Development with Cyrium Technologies, Inc., a developer and supplier of multi-junction solar cells for the concentrating photovoltaic market. Prior to Cyrium, Eelco was a founding member of V-CAPS and also spent 14 years with Amkor Technology, most recently as SVP of Business Development. Previously, he spent four years in the Netherlands managing manufacturing operations for Eurasem, BV and held a variety of engineering management positions with Micron Technology, Inc. Eelco has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.
Director, Institute of Energy Conversion
Professor of Materials Science
Professor of Physics
Robert Birkmire is the director of the Institute of Energy Conversion, a U.S. Department of Energy Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education, as well as professor of materials science and engineering with a secondary appointment as professor of physics. He advises undergraduate and graduate students from the departments of chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering, physics and materials science and engineering. Dr. Birkmire is author of over 150 technical publications and is inventor on eight U.S. patents.
i-MEET Chair, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Christoph J. Brabec holds the chair "materials for electronics and energy technology (i-MEET)" at the materials science department of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Further, he is the scientific director of the Erlangen division of the Bavarian research institute for renewable energy (ZAE Bayern, Erlangen). He received his Ph.D. (1995) in physical chemistry from Linz University, joined the group of Prof. Alan Heeger at UCSB for a sabbatical, and continued to work on all aspects of organic semiconductor spectroscopy as assistant professor at Linz University with Prof. Serdar Sariciftci. He joined the Siemens research labs as project leader for organic semiconductor devices in 2001 and joined Konarka in 2004, where he held the position of CTO before joining the university. He has authored and co-authored more than 150 papers and holds 200 patents and patent applications.
Consultant; Photovoltaic Research and Consulting
Torsten Brammer has focused on photovoltaics since 1993. He graduated from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and the Australian National University, Canberra (Australia). After his degree, he joined a solar company in Ghana (West Africa). At the Research Center Jülich (Germany), he did his dissertation on thin film PV. In 2004, he joined Q-Cells SE, where he was responsible for the optimization of the crystalline silicon solar cell production process. In 2006, he became technical managing director of the Q-Cells spin-off Sontor GmbH, which was merged with Sunfilm AG in 2009. At Sontor and Sunfilm (now Schüco TF GmbH), he was responsible for R&D. Since 2011, he offers consulting services for technology, product design and business planning. Also since 2011, he offers consulting services in the area of metrology systems together with his associate Jörn Suthues.
Empire Innovation Professor of Nanoscale Science, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany
Senior Member of IEEE
Alain recently became a professor at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany. His research will focus on the impact of nanoscale dimensions on the physical properties of materials; he also continues to work in the area of nanoelectronics metrology. He is a member of the International Metrology Technical Working Group, founder and co-chair of the U.S. Metrology Technical Working Group for the 2007 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, and chair of the Manufacturing Science and Technology Group of the American Vacuum Society. He was a SEMATECH Senior Fellow, with the main focus of his activities involving metrology industry coordination. He has edited the Handbook of Silicon Semiconductor Metrology, published in June 2001; is a Panel Member for the Metrology section of Future Fab International; and, he has co-edited three books that are conference proceedings from Characterization and Metrology for ULSI Technology and its predecessor conference. He also worked at Allied Signal in the areas of molecular beam epitaxy of III-V compounds and materials characterization of a broad range of semiconductor and amorphous metal products.
Managing Director, International PV Equipment Association
Bryan Ekus is the managing director of the International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the associations operations and strategic position in the PV industry. Mr. Ekus is also the managing director of the MEDIA-TECH Association that serves the packaged media industry. He has over 25 years experience working internationally and currently resides in Orlando, Florida.
Professor, Nanoscale Science; Vice President, Academic Affairs
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering; University at Albany
Robert E. Geer is a professor of Nanoscale Science and vice president for Academic Affairs in the CNSE at the University at Albany. As a founding faculty of the CNSE, he has maintained an active research, education and outreach portfolio in the science and engineering of nanotechnology. He has published more than 100 technical articles, books and book chapters. Professor Geer’s research in emerging energy applications, nanoelectronics and nanomaterials has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, DARPA, International SEMATECH and the New York office of Science, Technology and Academic Research.
Director, Division of of Solar Cells – Development & Characterization; Fraunhofer ISE
Stefan W. Glunz heads the Department of Solar Cells – Development and Characterization at Fraunhofer ISE. He also teaches and lectures at the University of Freiburg. Dr. Glunz received his Diploma and Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg. He has authored/coauthored over 80 journal and 250 conference papers and is the founding editor of IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
VP Product Strategy & Business Development, Founder; SolarEdge Technologies
Lior Handelsman is responsible for the company's product management activities, including product planning, definition, marketing and positioning. He also handles internal company project management and is responsible for the company's business development activities. Prior to co-founding SolarEdge Technologies, Mr. Handelsman was an Electro-Optics R&D Branch Head at the Electronics Research Department (ERD) of the Intelligence Corps, a top research and development unit of the IDF. During this time, his duties included collecting customer requirements and product specifications; assimilation of new technologies and products; in addition to managerial responsibility for both the branch and several large-scale techno-operational projects. From 1996 to 2003, he held several R&D positions in the ERD, including design engineering, large-scale project management and he was also head of the ERD's power electronics group. Mr. Handelsman holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering (cum laude) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
Vice President of Engineering, Idealab
Brad Hines is vice president of engineering at Idealab, a creator of a number of cleantech, Internet and technology startups. Previously, he was founder and CEO of Soliant Energy, a startup that is using concentrating photovoltaic technology to bring the lowest-cost solar energy to commercial rooftops. Prior to Soliant Energy, Brad was vice president of engineering at Energy Innovations, another solar startup, and earlier was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 14 years, where he was a principal engineer and group supervisor leading sizable projects in astronomical optical interferometry. In his last position at JPL, he served as chief architect for the $1 billion Space Interferometry Mission. Brad graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering, and his
career track has trended toward development of systems drawing on multiple engineering disciplines. Outside the office, he has developed a passion for distance running and has competed in 6 marathons. He has lived in the Los Angeles area since 1989 and currently resides in Pasadena.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Clean Energy Technologies; Intermolecular
Craig Hunter runs Intermolecular’s Clean Energy Technologies Group. He came to Intermolecular in early 2009 from Sequoia Capital, a leading venture capital firm, where he served as entrepreneur-in-residence. Mr. Hunter started Applied Materials’ thin film solar business in 2005 and was general manager of that group until mid-2008. Some of Mr. Hunter’s previous roles include: senior manager for the E-beam Test (EBT) and PVD Products of AKT, Inc.; CFO of Evercare Corp.; and director of M&A at The Beacon Group. He received a B.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard College and graduated with high distinction from Harvard Business School.
Principal Scientist, National Center for Photovoltaics; National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dean Levi received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He joined the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) as a post-doctoral research associate applying ultrafast laser spectroscopy to study hot carrier relaxation in semiconductor quantum wells. Throughout the 1990s he utilized time-resolved photoluminescence to study carrier dynamics and material properties of various semiconductors for second- and third-generation photovoltaics. In 2000 he turned his attention to the use of in situ real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry to the analysis of thin film deposition for photovoltaics. He is currently a line manager and senior technical staff member in the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Research Programme Manager, CEA-INES
Philippe Malbranche is the research programme manager at CEA-INE. He received his engineering degree at the Ecole Centrale de Paris. Philippe started working in 1980 in the South Pacific on rural electrification projects with renewable energies. Afterward, he joined successively the French Department of Energy, Photowatt, the French PV manufacturer; and CEA-GENEC, a research laboratory focused on PV systems, which he managed until 2004. Since then, he helped in setting up INES, the new French Solar Energy Research Institute, which now hosts 200 researchers and covers various fields: PV cells, PV systems, solar thermal systems and zero-energy buildings. Philippe is also a member of the Steering Committee of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform.
Principal Scientist for Solar Systems; Head of Quality at GE Global Research, Munich
Oliver Mayer is a principal scientist at GE Global Research in Munich, responsible for solar system technologies and energy concepts for complex systems such as cities or hospitals, etc. For more than 20 years he has worked in the field of solar systems, having gained field experience by installing PV systems in such countries as Jordan, Eritrea, Uganda, Chile and Germany. Oliver received his Ph.D. from UniBwM, and is an honorary professor for solar systems at the Munich University of Applied Science.
Solar Technology Platform Director, GE’s Global Research Center
Danielle Merfeld is the director of the Solar Technology Platform at GE’s Global Research Center. She is responsible for managing the PV-related projects across the Center with topics ranging from material development to grid controls. Prior to taking on this role in 2007, she spent seven years managing the Semiconductor Technology Laboratory. Dr. Merfeld received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University. She has authored or co-authored over 60 papers in refereed technical journals and has given scientific presentations at conferences and symposiums around the world. Dr. Merfeld is also a director on the Board of the Tyndall National Institute.
Director, R&D Cells; Q-Cells SE
Jörg Müller is director of R&D Cells at Q-Cells SE, one of the leading worldwide PV companies with a strong technology focus. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the crystalline silicon solar cell technology. Prior to taking on this role, Jörg spent several years managing the Laser and PECVD technology group. Before joining Q-Cells in 2004, he had been working at the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hameln/Emmerthal (ISFH), Germany, in the field of high-efficiency rear contact solar cells. Jörg holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Munich and a Ph.D. from the University of Hannover.
Group Manager, Process Development & Integration Lab; National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Brent spent most of his career studying second-generation photovoltaic (PV) devices; primarily hydrogenated amorphous silicon and its alloys at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He has worn many hats through his carrier and worked his way up from laboratory technician to staff scientist to leading the amorphous silicon team. Brent has authored 18 publications and numerous internal documents as well as co-authored an additional 77 other scientific publications. Brent referees papers for numerous journals and conferences. With more than 500 citations for his research, and having given dozens of scientific talks, Brent's work is well recognized in the amorphous silicon PV field.
Currently Brent manages a laboratory designed to integrate as many of the PV technologies and material characterization techniques as possible. The ultimate goal is to get the appropriate skill sets, working together with state-of-the-art equipment, to answer the most pressing PV-related questions. The operation of this facility, known as the process development and integration lab (PDIL) requires integrated hardware, software and "peopleware". It is one of NREL's most visible
Brent is also well known within the PV community for his expertise in safety practices in working with hazardous production materials (HPMs) and has chaired the HPM safety panel at NREL for over a decade. He has been on the organizing committee for six international scientific conferences, including a joint conference of the premier United States, Asian and European PV communities. Brent also volunteers with the NREL education office on promoting renewable energy in the classroom and is on the advisory board for the development of a renewable energy class at a local high school. He has given talks on the bigger energy picture to numerous community and industrial groups.
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Principal Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Rommel Noufi is a principal scientist with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He is also a visiting professor at Stanford University. Rommel received his Ph.D. in analytical/physical chemistry from the University of Texas. He has published more than 170 papers and has been issued eight NREL patents.
CEO, ISC Konstanz
Kristian Peter obtained his Master of Science degree in physics in 1993 at the University of Konstanz. He received his Ph.D. in applied solid state physics in 1997. Since 1997, Dr. Peter has been responsible for the further development of crystalline silicon solar cells. Since 2002, he has contributed significantly to the development of solar grade silicon feedstock from metallurgical process route at Elkem Solar (Norway). Dr. Peter is a co-founder of ISC Konstanz
and a member of the board of directors, as its CEO. Since January 2007, he has been working full time as a researcher, leading the department of advanced solar cell processes.
Department Director Solar and Organic Technologies, imec
Jozef Poortmans is program director of the Strategic Program SOLAR+ at imec. This program comprises all the photovoltaic technology development activities within imec. He received his degree in electronic engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium, in 1985. Dr. Poortmans joined imec, where he worked on laser recrystallization of polysilicon and a-Si for SOI-applications and thin-film transistors. In 1988, he started his Ph.D. study on strained SiGe-layers. Both the deposition and the use of these SiGe-alloys within the base of a heterojunction bipolar transistor were investigated in the frame of this study. He received his Ph.D. 1993. Thereafter, he joined the photovoltaics group, where he became responsible for the Advanced Solar Cells group. Within this frame he started up the activity on thin-film crystalline Si solar cells at imec and he has been coordinating several European projects in this domain during the 4th and 5th European Framework Program. In 2003, he became cluster coordinator of European Projects in the latter domain. In 1998, he initiated the activity on organic solar cells at imec, which was complemented with an activity on III-V solar cells started in 2000. Dr. Poortmans has authored or co-authored nearly 350 papers that have been published in conference proceedings and technical journals. He has written four book articles, two of which deal with the properties and applications of strained SiGe-alloys; the other two are in the field of photovoltaics. He is scientific editor of a book on thin-film solar cells and has been acting as co-organizer of several thin-film solar cell symposia in the frame of the E-MRS. As a board member of the EUREC agency, he is involved in the preparation of the strategic research agenda for photovoltaic solar energy technology of the European PV Technology Platform. He was general chairman of the 21st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition.
Head of Research & Development, SOLON Corporation
William Richardson heads Research & Development for SOLON Corporation, where he oversees module testing and product development as well as strategic management and evaluation of new technologies for the North American market. Prior to joining SOLON in 2008, Bill worked for Tucson Electric Power, where he developed a profound understanding of the challenges inherent in large-scale adoption of photovoltaics into the grid. In 2009, he implemented SOLON's North American Outdoor Testing Facility, where next-generation module, tracking and systems integration testing are conducted. Bill holds dual degrees in Renewable Natural Resources and Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona, where he currently sits on the advisory board for the Material Sciences and Engineering Department.
Liaison Officer/Senior Manager; AVANCIS
Ernst Richter is liaison officer and senior manager at Avancis, a Saint-Gobain subsidiary, with broad international experience in the PV and IC industries. His professional employment started at Siemens. Dr. Richter holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in chemistry and an M.Sc. in material science.
Automation Engineer, Heliovolt Corporation
Currently an automation engineer with Heliovolt Corporation, Steve recommends and implements SCADA, MES, SPC, automated material handling and equipment control systems for thin films photovoltaic panel manufacturing. For more than 20 years, he has been a software/control systems product manager and engineer in the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industry. Prior to Heliovolt, Steve worked for MKS Instruments, Brooks Automation, Advanced Micro Devices, Dell Computer, SEMATECH and Veeco.
Chief Technology Officer, Global Solar Energy
Urs Schoop is chief technology officer at Global Solar Energy. Since joining Global Solar’s technical staff in 2006, he has been investigating routes to higher cell efficiency, improved long-term reliability and more cost-effective deposition techniques for CIGS solar cell and module production. Dr. Schoop has spent his career researching thin-film deposition and devices with an emphasis on multilayer deposition on flexible materials and roll-to-roll processing. Prior to joining Global Solar, he was a senior scientist with American Superconductor in Devens, Mass., developing thin film HTS superconducting wire. Dr. Schoop earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Cologne, Germany, in 2000.
Program Development Manager, ECN Solar Energy, the Netherlands
Prof. dr. Wim Sinke is Program Development Manager in the Solar Energy unit of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and part-time professor at Utrecht University on “Science and Applications of Sustainable Energy Systems.” He is an active member of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform; from 2005 to 2009 as leader of the Working Group on Science, Technology & Applications, and from 2009 on as general chairman. Wim Sinke has 30 years’ experience in photovoltaics. In 1999, he received the Royal Dutch/Shell Prize for Sustainability and Energy for his work in the field of photovoltaic solar energy. He has also authored and co-authored over 200 papers in the fields of solar cells, applications of photovoltaics, and semiconductor processing, published in: Proceedings of EC, IEEE and Asia-Pacific PV Conferences, Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review B, Physical Review Letters, Solar Cells and Solar Energy Materials, Progress in Photovoltaics, etc.
VP of Expansions, SunPower Corporation
Robert D. Vinje is the VP of Expansions for SunPower Corporation. He has been with the company since 2006, and was responsible for expansion of SunPower’s first factory, and was the managing director responsible for building, starting up and operating the second 500 MW factory in the Philippines, which makes the world’s most efficient volume manufactured solar cell at a median efficiency of 22.6 percent. He currently resides on the Board of Trustees of Investors for First Philippines Industrial Park, guiding strategic directions on how industrial parks and facilities should co-exist and fit in with their surroundings and environment. He also chairs the Malaysian Alternative and Renewable Industry (MARI) committee in Malaysia, a first of its kind with fellow committee members from First Solar and Q-Cells. MARI is an AMCHAM-based committee that collaborates between the Malaysian government and private sectors to promote the deployment of renewable energy in Malaysia to enhance Malaysia’s global competitiveness through innovative economies, based on knowledge, creativity and green technology. Before entering the PV industry, he was the fab operations director for a large front-end semiconductor fab with Cypress Semiconductor. He has an electronics degree, an electrical engineering degree, and an MS degree in management of technology from the University of Minnesota.
Professor of Photovoltaics
Centre for Renewable Energy Systems and Technology (CREST), School of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, U.K
Michael Walls is responsible for PV device research within CREST at Loughborough University; his research focus is in thin film CdTe PV. He is an active member of the Institute of Physics in London and the organizer of the annual “Advances in Photovoltaics” meeting. Dr. Walls has authored over 120 papers, three books and is the inventor of 17 patents. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Aston in 1973 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.