Ascent Solar adds renowned scientist Miguel Contreras as director of process engineering

Thursday July 13, 2017 0 comments Tags: Thornton, Ascent Solar Technologies, Miguel Contreras, Joseph Armstrong, Victor Lee


THORNTON -- Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: ASTI), a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, lightweight and flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions, announced world-renowned scientist Dr. Miguel Contreras has joined the Ascent Solar team as director of process engineering, reporting directly to Ascent’s chief technology officer.Ascent_Solar_logoUSE

Contreras, formerly a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was a key member of the team that achieved the world-record conversion efficiency of 20% with CIGS solar cells.

Throughout his career with NREL, Contreras has produced several world-record energy conversion efficiencies and holds 7 U.S. patents in this field. He has extensive experience in all facets of solar cell and PV module fabrication, both front and back end, and has worked with nearly all types of CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-diselenide) technology, manufacturers and researchers dating back to the early 1990's.

Contreras holds an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Colorado School of Mines.

"We are very fortunate to bring Miguel into the Ascent family," said Dr. Joseph Armstrong, Ascent Solar’s CTO and founder. "The PV world is relatively small, and we have worked with Miguel for nearly three decades. He brings his expertise and world-record efficiency credentials in CIGS technology to Ascent, which is the first company to have brought monolithically-integrated flexible CIGS to production.

“His extensive background in deposition processes and equipment design and development further solidifies our existing team's prominence. His most recent work, on high specific power PV solutions, is aligned well with the core technologies at ASTI.

“Miguel will oversee our outstanding process engineering team, and brings his highly experienced perspective to many manufacturing challenges faced by CIGS companies. In conjunction with ongoing activities in R&D, Miguel will also implement improvements in module performance for a wide range of commercial applications, including the environments faced by military and aerospace applications.

“Ascent Solar now boasts well over 150 years of CIGS and related thin film PV expertise."

"I am excited to be joining Ascent Solar, the undisputed leader in light-weight flexible and monolithically integrated CIGS PV solutions,” said Contreras.

“I look forward to using my expertise to advance Ascent's products, processes and business. Ascent's product line already is quite remarkable and I'm encouraged that it is amenable to very large scale production. Lastly, I am looking forward to working with the team which includes colleagues from past years.

“I am very excited about the possibilities and the future with Ascent Solar."

"We are pleased and excited to have Miguel joining Ascent Solar,” said Victor Lee, Ascent’s president and CEO.

“His addition to our existing formidable technical and engineering teams comes at a perfect time as we have recently secured a significant funding commitment from a strategic investor, enabling us to renew our emphasis on process improvement and cost reduction.

"Miguel will bring his extensive experience in CIGS and related thin film processes, as well as materials science technology, to further enhance Ascent Solar's unparalleled technical expertise in the field of flexible CIGS technology.

“The addition of Miguel will enable our continued performance improvement and provide added ability for Ascent Solar to expand into various new markets. Miguel will also be a key member of our team to expand our manufacturing expertise overseas in partnership with our strategic investor."