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Mr. Bill Yerkes

Vice President Biz Development

PHoton Energy Sys

PHoton Energy Sys

Background Information

Employment History

Chief Technology Officer
Soliacx

Affiliations

Owner and Chief Technology Officer
Solaicx Inc

Founder
Solar Technology

Founder
Atlantic Richfield Company

Education

B.S.

Stanford University

Master of Science
Automotive Engineering
Chrysler Institute of Engineering

Web References (108 Total References)


Today's News

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Photovoltaic Pioneer, Bill Yerkes, Charts New Course for Solar As CTO of SolaicxToday's News

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Photovoltaic Pioneer, Bill Yerkes, Charts New Course for Solar As CTO of Solaicx
LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past thirty years, Bill Yerkes has been committed to one goal: making photovoltaic (PV) cells commercially viable.Known throughout the solar and space industries for his innovations in the design and manufacturing of PV cells, Yerkes has steered industry giants, including ARCO Solar, Spectrolab and Boeing towards achieving this goal.Today he begins his new role as Chief Technology Officer of Solaicx, a developer and manufacturer of crystalline silicon PV material, and will aid Solaicx in its quest to make solar a cost-competitor to non-renewable fuels.Yerkes and Solaicx plan to capitalize on the new trend of high performance, high-efficiency silicon solar cells via Solaicx's new PV manufacturing processes and more efficient equipment.While competitors are forced to rely on re-manufactured semiconductor equipment to fabricate their wafers, Solaicx uses its new ultra-clean proprietary furnace technology process, specifically designed to reduce wafer costs for solar manufacturers by 75 percent."I've watched the solar industry move from its adolescent phase in the seventies into what I think of as its more grown-up period," said Bill Yerkes, CTO of Solaicx."Now, what was once thought of as somewhat romantic, solar energy has become a billion dollar commodity business.The question is who can provide the most efficient manufacturing process, and Solaicx's approach represents the future for PV technology."Over the course of his career, Yerkes was responsible at Spectrolab, a Division of Textron for developing the solar array left behind on the moon by Apollo 11, pulse solar simulators and xenon "Night Sun" searchlights for helicopters.After Spectrolab, Yerkes founded what became ARCO Solar.Within six years Bill grew the company into the largest photovoltaic manufacturer in the world," said Robert Ford, CEO of Solaicx.


Bill Yerkes passes at age ...

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Bill Yerkes passes at age 79. His company pioneered the development of commercially -viable photovoltaics, beginning steady slide from cells costing $11 a watt to as little as a $1 today.

I had the privilege of knowing Bill Yerkes [second from right in above photo*]. I was saddened to learn last night that he died on January 29th at the age of 79. Bill was one of the world's leading pioneers in photovoltaics, but not before a stint at Chrysler. From Chrysler, he moved on to Boeing, working in their aerospace division and then to Spectrolab. There he helped develop the solar array for Apollo 11's mission to the moon.
In 1975, he started Solar Technology International in Chatsworth, California, one of the first companies to mass-produce crystalline solar cells. The company was acquired by Atlantic Richfield, where Bill served as the CEO of the renamed ARCO Solar, located in Camarillo, California. As Scott Sklar points out in his tribute to Bill:
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Bill became a loyal EV World subscriber not long after I started the online publication, and for years we'd correspond by email. I finally got to meet him and his wife Sarah during the closing days of the first California Fuel Cell Rally in 2002. The event started in Monterey, California and over the course of the next two days wound down the Pacific Coast Highway, ending up in Santa Barbara, where Bill and Sarah bought a small 1920's era bungalow that they were remodeling at the time. ill had written me that after spending a number of years in the gloom of Seattle, working at Teledisc to come up with battery technology for their low-cost communication satellite, he and Sarah, who is a Nebraska native, decided to keep driving south along the U.S. West Coast until the sun shined, I think is how he put it. When we visited them at the home, Sarah as launching a greeting card business based on her photography. Bill was clearly proud and supportive of her efforts. While he retained his interest in advanced batteries, dropping me an email from time to time describing a particularly promising battery chemistry, his passion for solar never dimmed.
It was in 2005 that he co-founded Solaicx, the story of which I featured here on EV World. Bill and I also shared another distinction: we were both early Honda Insight owners. Mine was silver, his was red.


Bill Yerkes passes at age ...

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Bill Yerkes passes at age 79. His company pioneered the development of commercially -viable photovoltaics, beginning steady slide from cells costing $11 a watt to as little as a $1 today.

I had the privilege of knowing Bill Yerkes [second from right in above photo*]. I was saddened to learn last night that he died on January 29th at the age of 79. Bill was one of the world's leading pioneers in photovoltaics, but not before a stint at Chrysler. From Chrysler, he moved on to Boeing, working in their aerospace division and then to Spectrolab. There he helped develop the solar array for Apollo 11's mission to the moon.
In 1975, he started Solar Technology International in Chatsworth, California, one of the first companies to mass-produce crystalline solar cells. The company was acquired by Atlantic Richfield, where Bill served as the CEO of the renamed ARCO Solar, located in Camarillo, California. As Scott Sklar points out in his tribute to Bill:
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Bill became a loyal EV World subscriber not long after I started the online publication, and for years we'd correspond by email. I finally got to meet him and his wife Sarah during the closing days of the first California Fuel Cell Rally in 2002. The event started in Monterey, California and over the course of the next two days wound down the Pacific Coast Highway, ending up in Santa Barbara, where Bill and Sarah bought a small 1920's era bungalow that they were remodeling at the time. ill had written me that after spending a number of years in the gloom of Seattle, working at Teledisc to come up with battery technology for their low-cost communication satellite, he and Sarah, who is a Nebraska native, decided to keep driving south along the U.S. West Coast until the sun shined, I think is how he put it. When we visited them at the home, Sarah as launching a greeting card business based on her photography. Bill was clearly proud and supportive of her efforts. While he retained his interest in advanced batteries, dropping me an email from time to time describing a particularly promising battery chemistry, his passion for solar never dimmed.
It was in 2005 that he co-founded Solaicx, the story of which I featured here on EV World. Bill and I also shared another distinction: we were both early Honda Insight owners. Mine was silver, his was red.


Bill Yerkes, the man who ...

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Bill Yerkes, the man who made solar energy affordable, died in Santa Barbara on January 29 at age 79. A Stanford graduate in mechanical engineering, Yerkes started his career at Chrysler, moved to Boeing aerospace, then to Spectrolab in 1967 where he helped produce the solar array used by Apollo 11 on the moon. At his Solar Technology company in Chatsworth, Yerkes made breakthroughs in photovoltaic solar panels that rendered them strong, long-lived, and cheaper to produce - the price went from $11 per watt in 1980 to $7 per watt by 1985, chiefly due to Yerkes's technical achievements.

He continued to push forward in materials and systems, founding a thin-film solar cell process in the mid-1980s, 15 years before the current industry got its start; helped produce low-Earth-orbiting satellites for Internet communications at Teledisc; and cofounded Solaicx in 2005 where he developed a high-efficiency, low-cost silicon-crystal-growth technique for solar cells. His Solar Tech company - which moved to Camarillo, was bought and renamed successively by ARCO, Siemens, and Shell, then saw its factory shuttered in 2011 - retains the record as the longest continuously operated U.S. solar manufacturer.


A Brief History of PV (Solar Cells) | Solar Technology

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1977 - Engineer and entrepreneur Bill Yerkes sells startup Solar Technology International to Atlantic Richfield Co., forming ARCO Solar.

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