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Solyndra Background


Greg P. Smestad with 3 connected
Solyndra PV panels/modules
Photo: Sol Ideas

 

Greg Smestad comparing Cylindrical and flat CIGS PV modules

Comparing cylindrical and flat
CIGS PV modules
Photo: Sol Ideas


HISTORY AND BACKGROUND:

Dr. Smestad has a unique perspective on DOE's solar energy-related programs since he has served for several years as a peer reviewer for grant applications, as mentioned in thisĀ letter from the Secretary of Energy (PDF). He provided due diligence input for a variety of solar energy projects. He was not involved in reviewing the Solyndra application.

Greg Smestad, Ph.D. attended all the Solyndra auctions and purchased equipment for Sol Ideas and for Santa Clara University. He purchased Solyndra PV panels to validate a theoretical model published in 1978 that is relevant to its optics and angular response.

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Teaching at Santa Clara University
Photo: Greg P. Smestad

 

Comparing a small, flat CIGS PV module to a PV tube

Comparing a small, flat CIGS PV module to a PV tube
Photo: Greg P. Smestad

  
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