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Solar Energy Product, Design and Manufacturing Expert

Technical Consultant #2331


Expertise

  • Solar energy product manufacturing, product development and research and development.
  • Solar industry evaluation of value chain, raw materials, and system level performance.
  • Testing and evaluation of solar modules for long term reliability.
  • Solar cell materials, device processing, and system performance.
  • PV module evaluations, RMA module repair and reconditioning.
  • Review and analysis of module warranty claims.

Testing; Solar Products - Modules (long term, reliability and parameters)

  • Module IV curve measurement with variable irradiance
  • Wet Insulation Resistance testing
  • Mechanical load testing
  • Electrical connections evaluations through FLIR Infrared cameras.
  • Megapixel EL imaging camera in crack detections
  • DC power supplies

Expert Witness Experience

  • Solar energy securities Litigation.
  • Contract Dispute regarding a $1billion contract for silicon and wafers (London).
  • Trustee's Expert in the liquidation trust of a photovoltaic module manufacturer.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President, 2010 - Present

  • Founder and Engineer directing focus to photovoltaic performance and reliability.
  • Performing field testing of solar modules, detailed laboratory analysis, and warranty services.
  • Develop specific intellectual property in testing modules in the field avoiding the necessity of dismounting the panels from the array.
  • Exclusive warranty services in the U.S. for an international company, and contracts with others on a regular basis.

GE Solar; Newark, Delaware, Consulting Engineer, 2007-2009

  • Operating as Chief Scientist in other large technology firms, managed activities consistent with senior technical leader, focusing on specific technical problems in all aspects of silicon-based solar power generation.

Technology Leader, 2004 - 2007

  • Led research, development, and engineering efforts within the solar division of GE Energy.
  • Successfully oversaw the installation of a new wafer manufacturing line. The line included 5 new custom processes and $6.5 million of new capital equipment.
  • Provided technical leadership to 20 million watt PV module manufacturing line.
  • Principal Investigator of a winning $44 million DOE proposal (Solar America Initiative) and a $12.3 million NIST/ATP program on Solar Grade Silicon (together with Dow Corning).

AstroPower, Inc., Newark, DE, Vice President, Research and Development, 1985 - 2004

  • Major responsibilities as leader of research and development included technical leadership, fundraising, program management, and administrative responsibilities.
  • Technologist: Research and development on a wide range of technology, from basic materials to applied research in support of a manufacturing line.
  • Scientific focus conducting detailed study of the impact of imperfect material on solid-state device performance.
  • Detailed material characterization included collaborative research efforts with North Carolina State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and many others.
  • In addition to silicon solar cells, work with III-V materials included light scavengers for unattended ground sensors, mid-IR detectors, and thermal photovoltaic devices.
  • Administration: Led team of 24 scientists, engineers and technicians.
  • Facilities included 20,000 ft 2 containing a full suite of characterization equipment and the tool set needed for laboratory device fabrication.
  • Photovoltaic system level testing was carried both indoors and outdoors.
  • Fundraising: The department was funded by cost-shared research contracts at the level of $3 to $4 million per year. Funding agencies include DOE, NASA, DOD, NSF, and NIST.

IBM, Inc. , Essex Junction, Vermont, Characterization Engineer, 1980 - 1984

  • Performed device characterization on a MOSFET VLSI manufacturing line, with strong emphasis on custom chips and process steps.

Instructor

  • ECE7800 Renewable Energy Systems, Villanova University
  • ELEG620 Photovoltaic Materials and Devices, University of Delaware

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • University of Delaware Thesis: Light Trapping in Thin Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and a Thesis for, MIS Solar Cell Structures for Measurement of Minority Carrier Diffusion

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells (Kerfless Silicon Wafers for PV, MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Delaware Science and Technology Council through Delaware Lt. Governor's leadership.
  • Industry Board Chairman of a NSF Solar Silicon Consortium
  • Program Committee for the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference -Member
  • Workshop on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Materials and Process-Member

Awards

  • Research and Development 100 Awards (3 count)

Publications and Patents

  • Author of 72 Publications, including invited papers with subject matter in:
  • Solar Grade Silicon, BIPV (Building-Integrated Photovoltaics), and Distributed Energy Generation.
  • Eleven U.S. patents in the areas of silicon material and solar cell device design.
  • Seven U.S. patent applications.

Education

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering University of Delaware; Newark, DE
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware; Newark, DE
  • B.A.. Physics (Honored-High Distinction) University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA
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