Sunday, January 8, 2012
Year in Review SeMPRIUS
Daily Dispatch Photos/ASHLEY STEVEN AYSCUE
Joseph Carr, chief executive officer for Semprius, a Durham-based solar company, stands beside a concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) module after the announcement in July of the company opening a manufacturing facility in Henderson.
Solar company to locate in Vance County In July, Durham solar company Semprius announced its plans to locate a manufacturing plant in Vance County. The company committed to creating 256 jobs over the next five years in exchange for $18.3 million in state and local incentives. Gov. Beverly Perdue joined company officials and local leaders to make the jobs announcement at Vance-Granville Community College. “This is a big day for Vance County, and this is a big day for North Carolina,” Perdue said. “This company is on the cutting edge in the solar energy field, and we welcome them to North Carolina, the smart grid capital of the world.”
2011 The Top Ten Stories of the Year
Semprius President and CEO Joseph Carr said most of the hires, about 200, will be for high-skilled manufacturing positions on the floor, and those are expected to be filled primarily from the local job market. “Governor Perdue entrusted us to bring quality jobs to North Carolina, and we are
going to do that,” Carr said. “We look forward to working here, and we are very proud to be in North Carolina.” The facility is slated for development at an existing building adjacent to the Triangle North business park outside Henderson. Construction work at the facility is part of an $89.7
Gov. Beverly Perdue (center) presents Semprius CEO Joseph Carr (right) with a gift during the company’s announcement as Bill Edwards, Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce president, looks on.
million capital investment in the pilot plant. Work is currently under way in the building that also houses ACS. The company has set a March 1 target date for moving into the facility. Semprius says it can build highly concentrated photovoltaic modules that combine tiny solar cells with low-cost, efficient optics to concentrate sunlight and multiply it more than 1,000 times. Its modules are intended
to make solar power generation economically viable in sunny, dry climates by obtaining higher conversion efficiency and higher energy yield. The technology was developed at the University of Illinois. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently validated 41 percent efficiency at a concentration of 1,000 suns for the small cells made by Semprius — one of the highest efficiencies recorded at this concentration, according to the NREL. The company’s solar cells are about the diameter of a dot made by a ballpoint pen. Semprius’ concentrating photovoltaic technology could be a “game-changer” for the solar energy industry, according to N.C. Solar Center engineer Tommy Cleveland.
“This is a big day for Vance County, and this is a big day for North Carolina. This company is on the cutting edge in the solar energy field, and we welcome them to North Carolina, the smart grid capital of the world.” — Gov. Beverly Perdue
Published on Jan 8, 2012