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Background Information

Employment History

Owner and Chief Technology Officer
Solaicx Inc

Power Systems Manager
Teledesic LLC

Position, Engineering and Management
The Boeing Company

Founder and Then President and Chief Executive Officer
Arco Limited

Affiliations

Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Richfield Company

Founder
Solar Technology

Education

B.S.

Stanford University

Master of Science
Automotive Engineering
Chrysler Institute of Engineering

Web References (54 Total References)


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 ...

evworld.com, $reference.date [cached]

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:
...
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.


SOLAICX - Making Solar Energy Cost Effective

www.solaicx.com, $reference.date [cached]

Bill Yerkes' monocrystalline wafer company Solaicx had been eerily quiet of late.

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The funding closely follows several company achievements, including the opening of a new office and laboratory in Los Gatos, California, the filing of a number of core U.S. patents, the addition of solar energy pioneer Bill Yerkes as CTO and progress towards revenue generation.


Solaicx: News and Press Releases

www.solaicx.com, $reference.date [cached]

Bill Yerkes' monocrystalline wafer company Solaicx had been eerily quiet of late.

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The funding closely follows several company achievements, including the opening of a new office and laboratory in Los Gatos, California, the filing of a number of core U.S. patents, the addition of solar energy pioneer Bill Yerkes as CTO and progress towards revenue generation.


solarevolution.net - News

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The origin of the modern photovoltaic industry dates back to 1975, when Bill Yerkes founded Solar Technology International (which became Arco Solar) to address terrestrial markets, such as charging batteries. Yerkes was responsible for two major innovations: he stuck silicon wafers on the back of glass, protecting the cells and making his panels almost indestructible. Second, he developed an inexpensive screen-printing technique for depositing metal contacts.

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For example, Yerkes, the solar panel pioneer, is today chief technology officer for California-based Solaicx. The company's goal is to change the economics of silicon wafer production, attacking the biggest obstacle to the widescale adoption of solar power: cost.
The conventional method of making solar-grade silicon is to grow individual ingots, then saw them up into wafers. Solaicx has developed a continuous crystal grower that Yerkes says can crank out ingots like sausages.

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