11 November 2010


CdTe, CIGS and metals supplier Apollo Solar appoints CEO

Apollo Solar Energy Inc of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China has appointed Dr Jingong Pan as its CEO.

Through its subsidiary Sichuan Apollo Solar Science and Technology Co Ltd, Apollo Solar Energy is a vertically integrated firm primarily engaged in mining, refining and producing high-purity tellurium (Te), tellurium-based compounds and other metals for the thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) industry as well as for segments of the electronic materials market including radiation detection and infrared detection. Products include ultra-high-purity metals and commercial-purity metals (such as selenium, antimony, bismuth, cadmium and zinc), cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film compounds, and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film compounds.

Tellurium used in the firm’s products is sourced from its Dashuigou mine in Sichuan Province as well as from another mine in Shimian, Majiagou, China. Apollo’s refining operations are based in a 330,000 square foot facility in Chengdu.

Pan will receive an annual base salary of RMB660,000 and has been granted options to acquire 1 million shares of the firm's common stock, which will vest in equal annual installments over a 36 month period.

Age 45, Pan has been a member of the firm’s board of directors since March. He is currently an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. From 2000 to 2002, he was general manager of Flaming Sun (USA) Corp, and from 1997 to 2000 VP of Anton USA (Bank of China Group). 

Pan received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Harbin Institute of Technology, Masters degrees from the Harbin Institute of Technology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Pan has tremendous knowledge about the solar PV industry and excellent management experience in both China and US, says professor Zhiming Cao, chairman of the nomination committee of the firm's board. “We expect Dr Pan will play a leading role in the company and promote Apollo's management to a new level,” he adds.

“It is an honor to work with Apollo in further developing the renewable energy industry in China,” comments Pan. “I selected Apollo as a strategic partner for my career development because I believe Apollo is a pioneer in the thin-film solar PV section with significant resources, technologies and network.”

In March, Apollo Solar awarded a three-year $1.5m grant to establish the Apollo CdTe Solar Energy Research Center at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, NJ, USA, focused on improving the applications of CdTe materials for use in thin-film solar cells.

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