Solar panel manufacturing equipment provider, Leading Edge Equipment Technologies has announced the appointment of Dr. Rick Schwerdtfeger as its new Chief Executive Officer. The move comes as Leading Edge Founder Dr. Alison Greenlee, transitions into the role of Chief Commercial Officer, overseeing customer engagement, fundraising, and international development.
"Leading Edge's new silicon wafer manufacturing technology is poised to disrupt manufacturing standards in the $40 billion solar panel market," said Dr. Schwerdtfeger. "I was impressed by the company's FSM Wafer Technology that can drive savings for solar panel manufacturers of up to 25% while also improving solar panel efficiency. The team at Leading Edge has made great strides to develop this patented technology, and I'm excited to lead the organization out of testing and into the market."
Dr. Schwerdtfeger brings over 20 years' experience in solar panel manufacturing and technology development to the team at Leading Edge. Previously Dr. Schwerdtfeger was the Co-founder of the Advanced RenewableEnergy Company ("ARC"), a cleantech and semiconductor equipment provider, where he managed technology development and customer deployment of nearly $200 million of equipment. His experience in the solar space also includes stints as the COO of Pica Solar and a staff scientist at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
"The board and I have endeavored to form a management team with extensive experience in bringing a new solar technology from demonstration to production and excellence," said Dr. Greenlee.