Alison Greenlee - image by Roy BeuskerPlan: Our drop-in product improves considerably one of the most energy and cost-intensive processes in the photovoltaic (PV) industry by doubling the through-put, reducing the amount of silicon waste and thus saving 6 million tons of CO2 annually. It creates a green manufacturing process for this green technology.

Biography: I was born to two geologists in Houston, Texas. Growing up in an energy-focused family in the extreme geographies of Texas, Louisiana, and Saudi Arabia, I was inspired from an early age to pursue energy technologies that give people the ability to harness clean energy from renewable resources.

To better understand global energy, I pursued degrees in engineering and business at MIT, where my work has focused on energy projects ranging from photovoltaic manufacturing, to solar cooking, to ethanol production, to energy storage for offshore wind turbines. The latter project was presented to President Obama during his visit in 2011.

To gain perspective on the scale of global energy, I interned at ExxonMobil and Shell Oil and worked for a MIT solar manufacturing start-up company. My ongoing PhD work in the Photovoltaics Manufacturing Laboratory at MIT is split between developing cost-cutting, photovoltaic manufacturing technologies in the lab and solar solutions for communities in India. As a Tata Fellow, I work tirelessly to create cost-effective solar powered technologies for the people in the world who need it the most. At the age of 25, I am a co-founder of SachSiSolar Inc. and designed the production equipment for the Clean Liner Technology.

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