Solar Energy Product, Design and Manufacturing Expert
Technical Consultant #2331
- 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.
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.
- ECE7800 Renewable Energy Systems, Villanova University
- ELEG620 Photovoltaic Materials and Devices, University of Delaware
Honors & Publications
- 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
- 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.
- 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