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Environment / Sustainability

Abound Solars' Kurt Barth Feb. 16

February 7, 2010

Kurt Barth, W.S. Sampath, and Robert "Al" Enzenroth, members of CSU's Mechanical Engineering department, conducted research from the early 90s through 2007 on photovoltaic technologies. Their work spawned the company, Abound Solar. On Feb. 16, Kurt Barth, Abound Solar's senior technologist, will be at CSU to talk about solar photovoltaics, the PV industry, and progress at Abound Solar.

Kurt Barth, founder and senior technologist of Abound Solar and Colorado State University engineering affiliate faculty member.

Tuesday, Feb. 16
2 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Room 230

Kurt Barth, founder and senior technologist of Abound Solar and Colorado State University engineering affiliate faculty member, will speak at the university on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

He’ll discuss solar photovoltaic technologies, the PV industry and progress at Abound Solar.

Barth will speak at 2 p.m. in Room 230 of the Lory Student Center. The event is open to the public.

Research conducted at CSU

Abound Solar, formerly AVA Solar, arose from research conducted at CSU from the early 1990s thorough 2007 by W.S. Sampath, Robert "Al" Enzenroth and Barth, members of the Mechanical Engineering department.

Barth’s talk is sponsored by Cenergy, the business arm of the university’s Clean Energy Supercluster program. Cenergy strives to create partnerships with organizations in the sustainability industry to move university-based environmental and renewable energy research into the marketplace quickly.

More than 100 university faculty members contribute to the development of alternative energy solutions and policies in the areas of biofuels, solar energy, wind power and clean-burning energies. 

Founder of Abound Solar and inventor on seven patents

Barth is one of the three founders of Abound Solar and is an inventor of Abound's patented, advanced manufacturing technology. He has 17 years in solar photovoltaics research and manufacturing process development, and a publication record of more than 70 refereed papers and presentations focused on thin film PV. He is the inventor on seven patents.

Collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy

Barth’s project management experience includes serving as a project director on numerous federally-sponsored programs totaling more than $18 million in funding. He is Abound Solar's senior technologist and directs the company's Solar America Initiative project with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy. A Colorado native, Barth has served Abound Solar as vice president of product development. He has also served on the Board of Directors and as the corporate secretary. 

Reducing the costs of generating solar electricity

Abound Solar, with facilities in Fort Collins, Loveland, and a major manufacturing facility in Longmont, produces solar photovoltaic modules with a continuous process that significantly reduces the cost of generating solar electricity. The company provides environmentally friendly and cost-effective sources of electricity that help to sustain the health of the planet.

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