U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Leaders to Speak Directly to Key Solar Stakeholders at Intersolar 2011

June 28, 2011 — Albany, NY

Leaders from the groundbreaking U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) – a more than $300 million partnership between SEMATECH and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany to enable the development of advanced PV-related manufacturing processes – will address solar suppliers, researchers, scientists, policy makers and key industry stakeholders on the importance of a collaborative supply chain in the U.S. during a series of presentations at Intersolar North America 2011, being held in San Francisco, CA from July 11 through 13.

Created as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot initiative, which is designed to reduce the cost of photovoltaic solar energy systems by about 75 percent over the next decade, PVMC will engage more than 40 companies and organizations from throughout the solar community. Through PVMC, SEMATECH and CNSE will spearhead a unique research and development collaboration through which industry, academia and government will accelerate the development, commercialization and manufacturing of next-generation copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film PV manufacturing technologies, increasing performance while driving down the cost and risk of bringing them to the marketplace.

As executives representing PVMC, invited speakers Mr. Dan Armbrust, president and chief executive officer of SEMATECH and Dr. Pradeep Haldar, vice president for clean energy programs and professor and head of nanoeconomics at CNSE, will provide first-hand introductions to the PV Manufacturing Consortium and discuss how a collaborative approach can provide significant, positive and sustainable impact on the growth of the U.S. PV industry.

Monday, July 11 at 2:05 p.m.

Who: Dan Armbrust, president and chief executive officer, SEMATECH and PVMC
What: Keynote: "Introduction to PVMC in Support of the DOE Manufacturing Initiative"
Session: Second North American PV Fab Managers Forum
Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Ballroom A - Level 5

Tuesday, July 12 at 9:55 a.m.

Who: Dr. Pradeep Haldar, CNSE Vice President for Clean Energy Programs, CNSE Professor and Head of Nanoeconomics, and Chief Technology Officer of PVMC
What: Presentation: "Department of Energy PV Manufacturing Initiative – A Path Towards Supply Chain Collaboration in the U.S."
Session: PV Group and ISES Present: From Fragmentation to Collaboration – Critical Factors in Strengthening the Global PV Supply Chain
Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Ballroom A - Level 5

Wednesday, July 13 at 10:55 a.m.

Who: Dr. Pradeep Haldar, CNSE Vice President for Clean Energy Programs, CNSE Professor and Head of Nanoeconomics, and Chief Technology Officer of PVMC
What: Panel: "Economic Development Opportunities: Working with Local and State Agencies to Ensure Successful Siting of PV Manufacturing"
Session: Public Policy—Working with Federal, State and Local Government
Where: Intercontinental Hotel

Intersolar North America (http://www.intersolar.us) takes place annually in San Francisco's Moscone Center West Hall. Since its establishment in 2008, the exhibition and conference have developed into the premier platform for the solar industry in North America, focusing on photovoltaics and solar thermal technology.

To learn more about PVMC and what role it will play in the Department's SunShot initiative, visit:
http://blog.energy.gov/blog/2011/05/24/sematech-model-advancing-solar-technology-0.