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re: U.S. solar cell maker halts production
kdboyce   11/11/2011 8:45:51 PM
Thanks for the history. You are right. The company has struggled for quite a while, never quite hitting critical mass vis a vis sales.

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mhrackin   11/10/2011 7:26:27 PM
I doubt it. This co. goes WAY back. It was started in the very early '70s as I recall by Stanley Ovishinsky, an EE and self-taught physicist. At the time, the conventional wisdom was that semiconduction was a phenomenon limited to crystalline structures; he proved it was possible to create useful devices with non-crystalline amorphous((glassy) materials, with much lower processing costs and fewer limitations. The whole concept was pooh-poohed by the scientific establishment, and he fought for quite a few years until there was grudging recognition that his theory was in fact correct. The technologies he pioneered lie at the core of many electronic devices and structures today. He died some years back, recognized as the father of the science of "ovonics" (named for him). Maybe 25 years ago, he recognized the biggest potential applications would be in solar cells and batteries (hence the name of his company, Energy Conversion Devices). Their current problems stem mostly from a severe GLUT of overcapacity in the amorphous semi supplier base (like 66 different companies world-wide), all trying to profit from the overblown promises of the solar power industry. Do some research!

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re: U.S. solar cell maker halts production
CC VanDorne   11/10/2011 4:51:26 PM
So, did the tax payers give these guys half a billion dollars in sweetheart loans too?

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