Production head Prem Nath to retire from Ascent Solar

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One of the prime movers in Ascent Solar’s efforts to develop roll-to-roll commercial manufacturing of the company’s flexible CIGS thin-film PV modules is retiring. Prem Nath, Ascent’s senior VP of production operations, will leave the firm on Jan. 15, 2010. He will continue to work with the company as a consultant.

Nath has spent more than 30 years in the thin-film industry. Before joining Ascent in August 2006, he worked at the United Solar Ovonic subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, where he was VP of product manufacturing and development.

During his time at Ascent, he led it to reach full end-to-end commercial production in Fab 1 in Littleton, CO, which the company believes positions it to ramp to high-volume production in Fab 2 in Thornton, CO.

“Dr. Nath’s track record speaks for itself and he has laid a superb foundation for this company to continue to scale its manufacturing capability and capacity,” said president/CEO Farhad Moghadam. “We thank Dr. Nath for his extraordinary service and innovative efforts while at Ascent.” 

“Building on this foundation, the team at Ascent will pursue high-volume commercial manufacturing, the next phase of growth for our company,” he added

Nath said he is “very proud of our company’s accomplishments over the past several years. In 2006 the company was based on research and development tools. Today, Ascent has reached commercial production and is ready to ramp to volume.”

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