Yerkes, Bill

Bill Yerkes, an American engineer who is noted for his success in making photovoltaic (PV) cells commercially viable. He is widely known throughout the solar and space industries for his innovations in the design and manufacturing of PV cells. He was founder of Solar Power International (1975), which sequentially became ARCO Solar, Siemens Solar, and now Shell Solar USA, all leaders in low-cost terrestrial solar cells and modules. He also served as President and CEO of Spectrolab. There, he was responsible for developing the solar array left behind on the moon by Apollo 11, along with space batteries, xenon pulse solar simulators and "Night Sun" searchlights for helicopters.

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