Subcontract Awarded by National Renewable Energy Lab

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a cost-shared, three-phase subcontract by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL…

Rochester Hills, Michigan – October 11, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a cost-shared, three-phase subcontract by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop new optically enhanced back reflector and improved deposition processes for amorphous silicon-based solar cells. NREL will incrementally fund more than US$1 million of the approximately US$1.4 million three-year, phased subcontract, with ECD providing the balance of the funds. The achievement of the goals of this program and application of the advances to United Solar Systems Corp.’s 30 MW photovoltaic manufacturing equipment would lead to an immediate improvement in module light input to electrical output efficiencies. United Solar, a joint venture between ECD and N.V. Bekaert S.A. of Belgium, inaugurated the 30 MW photovoltaic manufacturing equipment, a production machine for the manufacture of thin-film amorphous silicon alloy solar cells and related products, in June 2002. “NREL and ECD have worked in the past on a wide range of issues affecting amorphous silicon photovoltaics, ranging from materials studies to solar cell processes, including the optimization of previous, smaller-capacity solar module manufacturing lines,” Bolko von Roedern. “We expect the same level of outstanding success from this collaborative research contract as well.” ECD – NASDAQ: ENER Access:

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