The Promise of Concentrators in the World of Photovoltaics


Date Thursday January 25th 2007
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium

PARC Forum

SolFocus is in the forefront of technological breakthroughs that have positioned CPV (concentrator photovoltaics) to play a big role in the re-invigorated solar energy industry. Concentrator photovoltaic systems provide a practical solution to the silicon supply shortage by focusing sunlight onto much smaller photovoltaic receivers.


Steve Horne's technical and entrepreneurial background spans multiple disciplines including power generation and transmission, semiconductor test equipment design and manufacture as well as research in advanced renewables technology. Before co-founding SolFocus, Mr. Horne was the Director of Engineering at GuideTech, a leading semiconductor test equipment company, and had previously spent six years running a technology consulting firm known as Tuross Technology. He served as Vice President of Engineering at Ariel Electronics, where he was responsible for acquisition of company funding as well as integration of engineering disciplines ranging from mechanics, software, electronics and chemistry. His early-career experience includes commissioning two 500MW steam generated power plants in New South Wales, Australia.

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