Innovative FlexsoLyt™ solar energy technology from Dow is available for a wide range of challenging commercial roofing and mobile applications. The advanced photovoltaic (PV) system is easily installed on flat or low-load-bearing commercial roofs, as well as on mobile applications like golf carts, recreational vehicles and box trucks.
FlexsoLyt™ modules are made with the latest in thin-film photovoltaic technology, combining NuvoSun™’s proprietary CIGS cells with wire mesh interconnect technology. The modules are flexible and extremely durable, making them a great option for applications that were previously unsuitable for solar. And FlexsoLyt™ modules offer even higher efficiency than traditional flexible modules.
The light weight and low profile of FlexsoLyt™ modules make them an excellent choice for high-speed wind zones and structures with load-restricted grid-tied PV systems. They also can handle the rugged needs of charging batteries in mobile and remote applications.
NuvoSun™’s mission is to deliver low-cost, high-efficiency, flexible, lightweight solar products. NuvoSun™ is a second-generation innovator of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules based on flexible Copper Indium/Gallium Selenide (CIGS) technology. NuvoSun™ is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.
NuvoSun™ builds its own thin-film manufacturing equipment, which enables rapid product development and unprecedented design flexibility. This strategy enables NuvoSun™ to launch products for applications that were previously unattainable for solar, including low-load roofing, golf carts, RVs, trucks, boats and many other applications where traditional heavy, rigid panels do not make sense.
CIGS is an ideal photovoltaic material for the most demanding applications as it combines high efficiency (champion cells >22%) with the flexibility of a photovoltaic material that is 1/100 the thickness of a human hair. It also provides excellent power yield due to low light and thermal performance.
The combination of innovative products, best-in-class reliability and lowest capital expense in the industry enables NuvoSun™ to be a powerful force in the energy industry for years to come.
Kirk is president and CEO of NuvoSun™, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company. Prior to this role, Kirk redefined Dow’s photovoltaic strategy through reallocating resources from internal organic development to external programs. He led a team to establish one of Dow’s largest external research programs with California Institute of Technology in earth-abundant PV materials ($5MM) and also enabled investment in multiple start-up photovoltaic companies such as Alta Devices and NuvoSun™. This effort enabled Dow to receive DOE sponsorship for a $22MM DOE award in which Kirk was the principle investigator.
Kirk joined Dow in 1999 and held a number of technology leadership positions that resulted in new process technology implemented in Dow manufacturing assets as well as numerous product launches.
Kirk holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College, an executive MBA from Northwood University, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. He received the Professional Progress in Engineering Award from Iowa State University in 2010, along with several other internal awards. Kirk has authored 25 external publications/presentations and is the owner of three granted patents with several patents in progress.
Bruce has 25+ years of key leadership experience in high-volume manufacturing and engineering roles. Prior to joining NuvoSun™ in 2008, he was Vice President of Engineering at MiaSolé, where he was responsible for the entire engineering effort and was the principal architect behind MiaSolé’s high-volume production process and equipment design. Previously, Bruce was at MMC Technology, where he was responsible for establishing and growing the operations portion of MMC’s business, ultimately advancing to Sr. Vice President/COO of this $400MM operation. MMC grew to become the 4th largest global producer of thin-film magnetic recording disks, with two plants in the U.S. and 1,500 employees. Prior to MMC, Bruce was Senior Engineering Manager for IBM and responsible for IBM's worldwide disk technology integration. He managed IBM's entry into the OEM market for disk media as well as process and hardware development for IBM’s large form factor disks, for which he received an IBM outstanding technical achievement award.
Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Bruce holds five published patents with various others in process.
As Vice President for Device Engineering, Art leads a team of engineers and scientists from various thin-film deposition and analytical backgrounds and is responsible for all aspects of process and materials associated with NuvoSun™’s proprietary photovoltaic material based on flexible Copper Indium/Gallium Selenide (CIGS) technology. Before founding NuvoSun™, Art held a similar position at Miasolé. Prior to the thin film solar industry, Art spent nearly 20 years in critical management positions for IBM and Hitachi’s data storage businesses. These included manufacturing, engineering and technology responsibility for all of IBM’s hard disk substrate operations, producing more than 100M units per year. Art also managed highly specialized technical teams in product development and research for data storage disks, heads and drives which brought many leading-edge products to the marketplace.
Art holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College and a doctorate in materials science from the University of Minnesota, where he studied the electronic structure of dilute magnetic semiconductors based on II-VI materials. Art has authored more than 50 external publications/presentations and is the owner of five granted patents with several patents in progress.
Prior to joining NuvoSun™, Tom was Executive Director of U.S. Operations for MMC Technology. He was a founder of MMC and spent 11 years with the company, initially managing the test engineering and maintenance organizations. Ultimately, Tom was responsible for production operations, testing and equipment development, with a total staff of 1,300 employees. At the time of Tom’s departure, MMC was the world’s 4th largest recording media manufacturer, with annual revenue of approximately $350,000,000.
Before MMC, Tom was employed for 8 years by Seagate Technology. He served in a variety of positions including test development, maintenance management, and management of the media applications laboratory. Previously, he helped start Guzik Technical Enterprises, a capital equipment manufacturing company, where he performed hardware/software design, system test design, and provided customer support. Tom holds one published patent relating to media manufacturing and has several patents pending related to photovoltaic devices.