RSI 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 RSI 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.
RSI'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.
RSI 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 B. Burton joined RSI 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 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 his own company Keystone. 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. Dori Gal, Ph.D, Founder, CTO
Dr. Gal is a founder of RSI. Prior to co-founding RSI, he led a 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 sola
Kuo-Jui Hsiao (Ray), Ph.D, Chief Scientist
Dr. Hsiao joined RSI in July 2014. He is an experienced PV specialist; previously VP of R&D in Terasolar Power Inc., assistant professor in National Taiwan Normal University, 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 test. He has delivered traceable champion module and successfully transferred technology 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 cell, and device modeling.
Carena Church, Ph.D, Sr. Scientist
Dr. Church joined RSI in September 2014. She holds a PhD in Physics from UC Santa Cruz, where she was a UC President’s Dissertation Fellow. At UCSC, she researched thin-film third-generation PV, working on the design, fabrication, and optimization of colloidal nanoparticle PbS, PbSxSe1-x, CdTe, Ge, and Si based optoelectronic devices. She has also held visiting research positions at Colorado School of Mines and NREL. She received her BS in Physics from University of Hawaii, where she worked on early stage r&d for a proposed neutrino detector and participated in the NSF REU program studying DNA delivery systems used in genetic modification of algae for biofuels. She is interested in physics, chemistry, and materials science applications for alternative energy solutions.
Chaokang Gu, Ph.D, Sr. Scientist
Dr. Gu joined RSI 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.
Naba Paudel, Ph.D, Sr. Scientist
Dr Paudel joined RSI in August 2015. He is an experienced PV scientist, has been working on thin-film compound semiconductors with more than seven years’ experience in modeling, synthesis and characterization for development of solar cell materials. His research interest is on electronic defects, doping, carrier generation, and transport properties of inorganic semiconducting materials which are potentially inexpensive for next generation solar energy harvesting. He was Research Assistant Professor at University of Toledo. Dr Paudel holds PhD in Physics from University of Toledo, MS in Physics from University of Akron and BS from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Jun Y. Huh, Ph.D, Sr. Engineer
Dr. Huh has his expertise in laser tool design and process development to construct semiconductor thin film circuits. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics from Drexel University. After his doctorate degree, he came to Stanford University to work as a post-doctoral researcher for a NASA project. He developed non-intrusive methods to quantitatively analyze chemical reactions in a gas turbine. After two years at Stanford, he moved to PDI (currently Orbotech) to invent a series of laser-based LCD cell/module repair tools for flat panel displays. Besides PDI, he worked at other laser equipment companies like NOI and ESI, several thin film solar startups, and most recently at an electrochromic window company. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University and obtained his MS in University of Illinois at Chicago.