Greenfield's PhotoVolt™ cell and StarGen™ system received a 2008 NorTech Innovation Award, and the Company is poised for rapid growth in Northeast Ohio.
GreenField has selected Oberlin, Ohio for its cell development lab and corporate offices, and is committed to building manufacturing capacity in North Ridgeville, Ohio. In 2009, the Ohio Department of Development awarded GreenField Solar two, 60 percent job creation tax credits, with a combined value of more than $850,000 over eight years. These combined $9.8 million projects are expected to create approximately 200 jobs.
GreenField's PhotoVolt cell is a rugged, low-cost, high-voltage and low-series-resistance silicon solar cell that uses a greatly reduced amount of semiconductor material as compared with flat-panel photovoltaic cells. This innovative cell is designed for efficient operation at high intensities, with the ability to operate under concentrations of light 900 times more intense than normal sunlight conditions, which generates extraordinary amounts of usable heat as well as electricity. The key is an advanced sun tracking and control system, which gathers every available ray of sunlight to generate power more effectively than traditional solar panels.
Furthermore, the StarGen concentrator uses 28 identical lightweight mirror modules that are easily assembled on-site. The concentrator can be lowered to the ground or turned upside-down during assembly and maintenance, thus eliminating the need for cranes or ladders.
GreenField Solar was founded by father and son Bernard and Neil Sater. Bernard is a former NASA Glenn Research Center scientist and inventor, and Neil previously worked in business and new product development for Intel Corp. The company is named for Greenfield Village, the historic village that Henry Ford built in Michigan to spur technological development.
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