A U.S. company that is involved in solar energy has been honoured by the State of Michigan for its outstanding contributions in advanced manufacturing technology.NEW YORK, New York, US, 2001-05-30 [SolarAccess.com] A U.S. company that is involved in solar energy has been honoured by the State of Michigan for its outstanding contributions in advanced manufacturing technology. Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. received the award as part of the State’s Business Success Celebration to recognize the business community. The award acknowledges the successful development by ECD of “a range of technologies, including both products and advanced manufacturing processes, primarily within the fields of energy and information processing.” Officials noted that ECD’s innovations and recent partnerships with N.V. Bekaert S.A. (Bekaert ECD Solar Systems/United Solar Systems) and Texaco Energy Systems (Texaco Ovonic Fuel Cell and Texaco Ovonic Hydrogen Storage) have contributed to the economic viability of the state. “We are pleased that our work over the years in advanced manufacturing technology has been recognized and we are proud to be working with the State of Michigan to build manufacturing plants and contribute to the creation of jobs and economic development,” said Stanford Ovshinsky and Robert Stempel of ECD. ECD develops of advanced production technology and has pioneered work in amorphous technologies, with an emphasis on solar photovoltaics, fuel cells, hydride batteries and hydride storage materials capable of storing hydrogen for use as a feed stock for fuel cells.