Reel Solar provides technology, tools, materials and know-how to the leaders in photovoltaic manufacturing. The company was founded in 2009 by a team of capital equipment veterans based in Silicon Valley, California. The Reel Solar team has worked together for many years and have deep experience in ramping from development to production.
Our objective is to make photovoltaics competitive without subsidy. To do that we must adress capital investment, manufacturing and installation costs.
Reel Solar's process enables the manufacture of large cadmium telluride solar panels. Compared to silicon modules they are two-thirds the cost for the same module size and energy output. Compared to conventional CdTe modules they are almost three times the size, leading to lower manufacturing & installation costs. See the Technology page for more information.
Reel Solar works with regional manufacturing partners to deliver the lowest cost, locally manufactured photovoltaic modules, with the lowest possible capital investment. Only one exclusive manufacturing license will be granted for each region. See the Manufacturing page for more information.
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Scott Burton, CEO
Scott Burton joined Reel Solar in September 2013. He is a solar industry veteran; previously CEO of Parity Solar, COO of Solibro GmbH, and headed up technology acquisitions for Hanergy Group. Scott is experienced in panel manufacturing (using c-Si, a-Si, CdTe and CIGS) and was also involved in the development, financing and construction of over 100 PV projects in China, USA, Germany and Italy. He has established successful manufacturing businesses in China and Malaysia for Seagate, Advanced Energy, Brooks Automation and Keystone Inc. Early in his career he worked in R&D at IBM and the US DOE. His research included high temperature materials for the first solar thermal power station, in Barstow, CA. Mr. Burton holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Materials Science from Stanford University. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Manufacturing expert.
Dr. Elaine Xu, President, RSI International
Ms. Xu has a doctorate in management, and was a financial reporter at Xinhua News Agency. She has been in the solar industry since 2008 and has held senior executive positions in large PV and thermal solar companies, with responsibility for investment, project development, M&A and R&D, as well as overall administration. She has successfully negotiated, developed, financed and implemented over ten large industrial operations in China, creating thousands of jobs RMB billions in economic activity. Ms. Xu also led and consummated several large overseas PV technology acquisitions.
Dr. Dori Gal, Ph.D, Founder, CTO
Dr. Gal is a founder of Reel Solar. Prior to co-founding Reel Solar, he led a group at Intermolecular Inc. which developed applications and characterizations for Intermolecular's Wet Workflow, a complex set of combinatorial robotic tools for the semiconductor and solar markets. Prior to that Dr. Gal was a senior product marketing manager at KLA-Tencor heading their in-line electrical E-beam inspection to speed yield learning and ramp. He holds a Ph.D in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he researched solar cell interfaces, nanocrystalline structures and electrodeposition of CdS window layers thin film solar cells.
Dr. Kuo-Jui Hsiao (Ray), Ph.D, Chief Scientist
Dr. Hsiao joined Reel Solar in July 2014. He is an experienced PV expert, previously VP of R&D at Terasolar Power Inc., assistant professor at the National Taiwan Normal University, and principal engineer in both TSMC and TSMC Solar. Dr. Hsiao is experienced in thin-film solar panel manufacturing (CIGS and CdTe), research and development, characterization, process engineering, and reliability testing. He has delivered traceable champion modules and successfully transferred technologies for TSMC Solar. Dr. Hsiao holds a B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Colorado State University, where he researched solar-cell characterization, CdTe thin-film solar cells, and device modeling.
Daniel Woodson, Director of Engineering
Daniel Woodson joined Reel Solar in January 2012. His engineering background has been focused on vacuum systems, automation and PV production (a-Si, CdTe) and other thin film technologies. Daniel is experienced in hi-tech startups, bringing R&D to production. Early in his career he worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Sencera, an amorphous silicon solar panel company developing a modular vacuum deposition system. At Litmas Inc. and General Plasma Inc., he helped to develop a variety of plasma tools. Hired initially as a Sr. Equipment Engineer, Daniel’s responsibilities have expanded continuously and he now heads up equipment design, operations, facilities and IT functions at Reel Solar. Daniel studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Chaokang Gu, Ph.D, Sr. Scientist
Dr. Gu joined Reel Solar in June 2015. He is an experienced electrochemist/materials scientist. He has over 10 years of experiences in electrochemical energy devices, including fuel cells, batteries, and photovoltaics. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Nanjing University and Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from Auburn University. He completed two years postdoctoral research in the University of Texas at Austin with world famous electrochemist Allen J. Bard. He has worked for Energy start-ups since 2011. Dr. Gu has over 15 publication and is recognized as an expert of electrochemical energy devices. He has reviewed more than 100 manuscripts for prestige journals.
Li Jiaojiao Ph.D, Scientist
Dr. Li has her expertise in CdTe device performance and development from her work at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where she earned a Ph.D. in 2016. Prior to CSM, Dr. Li earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Tianjin University in 2012. Dr. Li has studied and contributed to the advancement of CdTe and has had her work published in numerous journal articles.