The chief operating officer of OPEL Solar has returned to retirement, citing the recent success and continued market growth the company has seen lately as his reason. Francisco Middleton came out of retirement in 2006 to develop the company’s HCPV technology and universal solar tracking systems.
On an interim basis, Leon Pierhal, chief executive officer, will direct OPEL’s marketing activities with the support of the sales and marketing staff.
“The businesses of OPEL retain great potential,” said Pierhal. “We are experiencing tremendous sales momentum in the area of our universal solar tracking systems. At the annual general meeting, I discussed refocusing OPEL Solar to meet the increasing worldwide demand for tracking systems. Over the recent months, OPEL has been actively responding to numerous proposal requests for utility scale projects requiring solar trackers for different types of PV technologies. In fact, our pivot to tracking systems has generated such activity that to meet the demand, OPEL has shifted resources from our CPV business in order to devote the required attention to solar trackers.”
Dr. Javier Berrios is taking on an expanded role as vice president of engineering and new product development. He will continue in his current engineering capacity within the solar business. Dr. Berrios' deep background in photonics will be of strategic importance to support the ongoing POET development and ODIS's semiconductor business plan.