GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a New Hampshire-based provider of crystal growth and polysilicon technology for the solar industry, has appointed Greg Knight its new CEO. GT says its board of directors has accepted the resignation of the previous CEO, Dave Keck.
The company says Knight, a member of the GT board, has extensive PV industry experience, with leadership positions at various companies, including GT, where he was the director of process engineering during GT’s increased expansion in the PV industry between 2006 and 2010. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of Exawatt and PV Tech Group, two of consulting firms specializing in providing strategic marketing and technology advisory services to companies in the PV industry. Knight studied chemistry at Cornell University and is a graduate of the US Navy’s Nuclear Power School.
“The solar industry is at an inflection point, where significant cost-down opportunities have reached their limits and the market needs technologies that deliver ever greater efficiency,” said Knight. “GT’s unique positioning in photovoltaics presents a number of exciting opportunities to work with our world-class roster of customers and partners to drive the necessary technical innovation in solar and to generate significant growth for the company.”
GT says its technology roadmap will include advanced technologies and processes for CZ ingot growth, and advanced directional solidification platforms, as well as next-generation polysilicon and silane technologies.