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Abound Solar presents CSU with one of first produced solar panels

June 17, 2010

Officials with Abound Solar, one of Colorado State University's most successful startup companies, on June 15 presented CSU President Tony Frank with one of the first solar panels off the company's production line.

Company started with CSU faculty and alumni

From L to R: Anders Olsson, CSU President Tony Frank, Kurt Barth.

Making the presentation for Abound Solar were Anders Olsson, Abound Solar senior vice president of research and development, Kurt Barth, co-founder and senior technologist and Mark Chen, director of marketing. Also attending were members of the CSU President’s Cabinet.

Abound presented Frank with one of the first panels to be produced on its manufacturing line in Longmont. The company was started in the mechanical engineering laboratory of Professor W.S. Sampath with alumni and CSU adjunct faculty Barth and Al Enzenroth. The company now employs more than 300 people.

Celebrate intertwined heritage

“To our partners at Abound we want to say congratulations – it’s a great accomplishment,” Frank told the group. “We look forward to many years of working very closely with you.”

“We at Abound Solar are proud to celebrate our intertwined heritage with Colorado State University and would like to thank the university for its continued support,” Chen said. “I am sure that this module is just the first of many achievements made possible by our joint efforts.”

Abound Solar taking Leadership role in new CSU research center

Abound Solar is also taking a leadership role in a new CSU center, called the National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research Program led by Sampath. The NSF has provided funding of $450,000 or $90,000 a year for five years; industry participants also will contribute a total of $400,000 per year to participate in the center. [ more ]

At capacity, Abound’s Longmont production facility is expected to churn out 200 megawatts of solar modules annually using a proprietary in-line semiconductor deposition process that converts sheets of glass into solar modules in under two hours.

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