MIT SEMINAR SERIES IN MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTIVITY
Place: Room 33-116 Time: 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Manager of the Technical Staff, Evergreen Solar
Demand for alternative renewable energy has increased significantly during the past several years, but still only represents a small piece of the energy pie. Photovoltaics in particular has seen dramatic increases in demand. Solar is at the forefront of the drive to grid parity. Our approach is centered on the core technology of string ribbon originally developed by Prof. Emmanuel Sachs (Course 2) which provides significant raw material utilization advantages over other forms of silicon wafer production. By developing technologies that enable high volume production, Evergreen is able to now scale up to over 240 MW of worldwide Quad production in 2009. Technology issues relevant to volume manufacture of millions of silicon wafers per week will be discussed.
Minh Le is a manager of the technical staff at Evergreen Solar, responsible for the development of the Quad String Ribbon process, which represents the lowest cost multi-crystalline silicon wafer production technology in the world. His team is currently working on deployment of 240 MW worth of Quad crystal growth furnaces worldwide for 2009, with 160 MW worth of production capacity in Massachusetts. Prior to Evergreen Solar, Minh was a Foundry Manager at Vitesse Semiconductor where his team developed the fastest room temperature integrated circuit in the world, a 150 GHz static frequency divider. Minh earned his SB in course 8 and SM in course 6 in 1995 and 1997, respectively.