Local solar fab for local solar energy: A chat with AQT Solar

AQT Solar’s CEO Michael Bartholomeusz discusses how the company leverages the equipment and expertise from HDD manufacturing to build CIGS solar cells, in a podcast interview for Solar Power International (SPI) 2010.

(October 19, 2010) — AQT Solar’s CEO Michael Bartholomeusz discusses how the company leverages the equipment and expertise from HDD manufacturing to build CIGS solar cells, in a podcast interview for Solar Power International (SPI) 2010.

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Furthering the company’s strategy is the implementation of proximity manufacturing, i.e. local manufacturing to meet local energy needs. This strategy is being pursued by China and India as well as the U.S. and it fits the bill with respect to job growth. Bartholomeusz notes that the typical job growth achieved from a solar PV project is 2-4× over and above those jobs created by the project itself.

Finally, the discussion turns to energy security and the importance of having distributed energy production and transmission as opposed to super clusters that are more easily a target, as well as more likely to take down energy production in entire regions in the event of a failure or force majeure.

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