The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced that Dr. Gregory Wilson had been appointed director of the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) effective November 28. Wilson joins NCPV after serving 17 years at MEMC as a leader for its silicon research and PV development. He most recently acted as MEMC’s director for corporate business development and external technology development.
Wilson is credited with helping to spearhead MEMC’s acquisition of SunEdison and is said to be responsible for the company’s five-year, US$90 million silicon-on-insulator and layer transfer technologies effort. During his time at MEMC, he also worked as director of new material research and development.
“I am thrilled to be joining NREL at this point in the history of the photovoltaics industry, since I am convinced that photovoltaic research and technology development within the NCPV can lead the way in achieving widespread grid parity for multiple photovoltaic technologies,” commented Wilson.
Wilson received his BS in chemical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and later completed his master’s and doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Washington University.