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Solar & Alternative Energy

Concentrator photovoltaic technologies: A video interview with Gary D. Conley

Concentrator photovoltaics hold the promise of electricity costs equal to or below traditional sources. SolFocus CEO Gary Conley talks about progress toward this goal.

26 September 2006, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3200609.0003

Gary D. Conley is CEO of SolFocus (Palo Alto, CA), a company dedicated to providing solar energy generating capability at a cost equal to or better than traditional electrical generation. Conley talks about his company's concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technologies and prospects for deployment and improving efficiency.

Conley was named the 2005 Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Renewable Energy Lab Growth Forum. In February 2006 SolFocus announced a strategic partnership with Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for core patents and technology development in CPV. Conley previously founded H2Go to enable the hydrogen economy, and the company soon expanded its interests into solar. SolFocus was founded in 2005 to commercialize the CPV technologies developed at H2Go.

This video interview was recorded in August 2006 at the SPIE Optics & Photonics Symposium in San Diego, where he gave an "Industry Perspective" talk on Roadblocks and Possibilities for the Future. The video is available in Windows Media Player or Quicktime formats. (Length: 2:05)

Article from SPIE Professional, October 2007: Concentrated Efforts