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Ovonics

(OVshinsky electrONICS) The science of glass compounds invented by Stanford Ovshinsky, founder of Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) in 1960. Ovonics deals with thin films of amorphous materials that can change their state when light or electricity is applied. Ovonics has brought about nickel metal hydride batteries, rewritable CDs and DVDs, as well as innovative fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. It is also used in phase change memory (PCM), a non-volatile memory that has the potential to replace all types of memory in the future. See chalcogenide glass, phase change disc and phase change memory.
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Invented by ECD Ovonics co-founder Stan Ovshinsky, thin-film laminates offer several advantages over crystalline PV panels.
ENERGY RESOURCE-10 January 2007-United Solar Ovonic Supplying PV Laminates for American Energy Technologies Project(C)2007 JeraOne - http://www.
Using thin film fabrication, Ovshinsky says the device can be fabricated in a cost-effective manner, using the Ovonic roll-to-roll process, a continuous web, triple-injection, roll-to-roll photovoltaic processor already makes 9 miles of thin-film, semi conducting photovoltaics in a single run.
The new reality of higher oil prices continues to bring increased attention and a sense of urgency to the alternative energy sector where ECD Ovonics has been a major international player," said ECD Ovonics president and chief scientist and technologist Stanford Ovshinsky.
5%-owned joint venture Ovonyx Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have entered into a long-term license agreement under Ovonyx intellectual property relating to Ovonic Universal Memory (OUM) thin-film semiconductor memory technology.
ECD Ovonics designed and built United Solar Ovonic's existing 25MW photovoltaic manufacturing equipment and is building the second facility, which will double United Solar Ovonic's U.
ECD Ovonics' metal-hydride system, engineered by Texaco Ovonic Hydrogen Systems, comprises powdered metallic alloys capable of rapidly absorbing hydrogen.
The rest of the world was catching on to the promise of ovonics.
General Motor's Ovonics unit donated 28 solar modules this past May to the tiny hamlets of El Sabino, El Naranjo and Sicuandi, which are tucked away in the Sierra Sur mountains in the southern state of Oaxaca, but the local government still had to spend $300,000 on installation and related expenses.
If the name ECD sounds familiar, it's because it is one of the parent companies of GM Ovonics, patent holder for the nickel metal hydride battery.
United Solar Ovonic LLC, building on technology invented and pioneered by ECD Ovonics, is a leader in thin-film amorphous photovoltaics.
Heckeroth is a MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor and the director of building-integrated photo-voltaics for ECD Ovonics.