Abraham, Garman Visit Michigan RE Plants

U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham visited Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) last week and toured ECD’s hydrogen storage and fuel cell laboratories and production facilities in Rochester Hills.

Rochester Hills, Michigan – August 27, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “President Bush has encouraged the Department of Energy to undertake the public-private technology partnerships in pursuit of a cleaner, more sustainable energy future that is ultimately independent of foreign sources of energy,” said Abraham, while praising Stan and Iris Ovshinsky’s foresight in the field of Renewable Energy. During his visit, Abraham had an opportunity to see ECD’s family of Ovonic brand nickel metal hydride batteries for electric and hybrid electric vehicles, prototypes of solid hydrogen storage units and systems, and a wide array of thin-film PV products. Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Garman, who accompanied Secretary Abraham, took the opportunity to tour the 30 MW solar cell manufacturing plant, the world’s largest thin-film solar cell manufacturing machine, at United Solar Systems Corp. in Auburn Hills. Garman said he was particularly impressed with the advanced roll-to-roll manufacturing equipment and the Uni-Solar thin-film flexible and rugged “Peel-and-Stick” PV laminate that can be applied directly to standing seam metal roofing. United Solar is a joint venture between ECD and N.V. Bekaert S.A. of Belgium. United Solar and Bekaert have an assembly and marketing joint venture, Bekaert ECD Solar Systems LLC. (NASDAQ:ENER)


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