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Durham, NC, United States, 2012/05/24 - Solar innovator, Semprius, attracts attention from White House Council for Environmental Quality Chair and garners support from regional Congressman during Small Business Week - Semprius.com.
Solar innovator attracts attention from White House CEQ Chair; garners support from regional Congressman
Semprius, Inc., an innovator in high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules, recently hosted Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and David Price, U.S. Congressman representing North Carolina’s Research Triangle. The visit, which coincided with Small Business Week, presented an opportunity to visit with what MIT Technology Review has named one of its Top 10 Emerging Technologies.
“It was great to visit a leading small business in North Carolina and see firsthand the strides being made in clean energy,” said Sutley. “It’s impressive to see the innovation underway at Semprius. The work being done here will help us as a nation by creating jobs and helping to bring down the cost of renewable energy."
After receiving a tour of the R&D facility, overview of the technology and participating in a discussion of Semprius’ new manufacturing facility to be opened in Henderson, N.C. this summer, Chair Sutley addressed Semprius employees in a town hall-like meeting. She also discussed President [.]’s “To Do List” for Congress, as announced on May 8, 2012, reiterating that clean energy is important for continued economic growth.
Representative Price addressed the staff by providing an overview of North Carolina’s unique place in the future of clean energy. “The Research Triangle is well-positioned to be a leader in the clean energy economy because of innovative small businesses and prudent federal investments in research and development,” Rep. Price said. “It’s very exciting to see companies like Semprius helping transform the way we produce energy and creating jobs right here in North Carolina.”
Semprius delivers a unique, HCPV module design that begins with its proprietary micro-transfer printing process. This process enables the company to use the world’s smallest solar cell – approximately the size of a pencil point – to create solar modules with unmatched cost and performance advantages. In January, Semprius set a new world record for photovoltaic module efficiency, reaching 33.9 percent. Earlier this month, the company was named to the Technology Review TR10, the magazine’s list of the top 10 companies most likely to change the world.
“It is encouraging to be recognized for the strides the Semprius team is making in solar efficiency, especially when it comes from the highest levels of our government,” said Joe Carr, chief executive officer of Semprius. “We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate the unique qualities of Semprius’ modules and discuss the societal impact that our business will have related to advancing clean energy initiatives. We are honored to have had the opportunity to host Chair Sutley and Representative Price.”
Semprius, Inc. (Semprius.com) is the smart way to generate solar electricity. Based upon the world’s smallest solar cells, Semprius designs and manufactures the highest efficiency solar modules in the world. Using patented cell technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, Semprius is leading the way to cost-competitive, sustainable generation of solar electricity. Semprius’ headquarters and production facilities are located in North Carolina.