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The National Academies

Richard Bendis moderated a panel for the National Academy of Science on "Facilitating Solar Innovation: Other Federal Agency Contributions" This event took place on 29 July 2009 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. Click below for the draft of the agenda and further details.


State and Regional Innovation Initiatives:

Partnering for Photovoltaic Manufacturing in the United States

29 July 2009


Lecture Room

National Academy of Sciences

2100 C Street, NW

Washington, DC


9:00 AM Welcome

Charles Wessner, The National Academies


W. Clark McFadden, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP

Opening Remarks

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)

9:30 AM Panel I: Partnering for Photovoltaics

Opening Remarks and Moderator

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)

The Industry Perspective

Subhendu Guha, Uni-Solar

David Eaglesham, First Solar

10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM Panel II: Advancing Solar Technologies: The Department of Energy Role

Moderator: Alicia Jackson, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

An Overview of Department of Energy Solar R&D: The PV Opportunity

Kristina Johnson, Department of Energy

Photovoltaic Initiatives

John Lushetsky, Department of Energy

Bringing Department of Energy Innovations to Market

Carol Battershell, Department of Energy

11:30 AM Panel III: Facilitating Solar Innovation: Other Federal Agency Contributions

Moderator: Richard Bendis, Innovation America

Solar and NIST

Kent Rochford, NIST

The NSF Model: The Silicon Solar Consortium

Thomas Peterson, National Science Foundation

The University Perspective

James Sites, Colorado State University

12:15 PM Luncheon Presentation and Discussion

Charles Wessner, The National Academies

1:15 PM Panel IV: Driving Photovoltaic Manufacturing Advances: Intermediating Institutions

Moderator: Pete Engardio, BusinessWeek

The SRC: A Proven Means to Fund Relevant Research

Larry Sumney, Semiconductor Research Corporation

Industry-University Partnerships for Photovoltaics

Nolan Browne, MIT-Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

The SEMATECH Model: Potential Applications for PV

Michael Polcari, SEMATECH

SVTC: A Central Test-Bed for Alternative Technologies

Steve Empedocles, SVTC Industry Standards Bettina Weiss, SEM

3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:15 PM Panel V: Building a Solar Roadmap

Moderator: W. Clark McFadden, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP

Building a Solar Roadmap

Ken Zweibel, George Washington University

An Industry Perspective on the Roadmap

Doug Rose, SunPower

4:00 PM Roundtable: Next Steps for Government-Industry Collaboration in Photovoltaics

Moderator: John Lushetsky, Department of Energy

Doug Rose, SunPower

Charlie Gay, Applied Materials

Kevin Hutchings, IBM

John Gloekler, Apogee Solar

James Moreland, SolarWorld

5:00 PM Adjourn to Reception