Photo voltaic PV producer QCells has introduced that Dr. Danielle Merfield will be a part of the corporate as its new international chief expertise officer, with a view to accelerating its US technological advances.
Dr. Merfield beforehand held the identical place at Normal Electrical subsidiary GE Renewable Vitality, a wind asset producer.
“I sit up for serving to Qcells proceed to ship revolutionary new vitality options and am impressed by their historic funding in US clear vitality manufacturing functionality,” Merfield stated. “Qcells is reworking daring concepts into motion. I intend to make use of my expertise in superior vitality options to construct out R&D functionality within the U.S. to serve rising demand and complement the worldwide R&D group.”
Qcells not too long ago introduced plans for the US’ first built-in photo voltaic provide chain. The US$2.5 billion plan goals to grasp 8.4GW of module and three.3GW of ingot, wafer and cell manufacturing within the US state of Georgia by 2024. The corporate additionally has a deal in place with Microsoft for two.5GW of module provide to US photo voltaic tasks.
In its announcement, QCells stated that Dr. Merfield will deal with analysis and improvement for superior PV merchandise, together with tandem perovskite cells. In Europe, the corporate has been pursuing perovskite cell analysis alongside Helmhotz-Zentrum Berlin and “has pledged to commercialise such high-efficiency tandem cells by 2026”.