Homayoun Talieh—Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to co-founding EncoreSolar, Homayoun Talieh was a co-founder of SoloPower, which developed roll-to-roll electroplating-based CIGS technology and built a pilot manufacturing line. Mr. Talieh led the company through three successful rounds of financing between 2005 and 2009. Before SoloPower, he was the founder, president, and CEO of NuTool, a semiconductor electroplating and polishing equipment company. Following NuTool’s 2004 acquisition by ASM International, he became the general manager of the new company, ASM NuTool.

Mr. Talieh has also served as general manager of Applied Materials’ Track division, and vice president and general manager of the CMP division at OnTrak Systems. In the latter position, he developed innovative semiconductor equipment that enabled the company to tap a new multibillion-dollar market. Before leaving OnTrak, Mr. Talieh helped the company go public.

Mr. Talieh began his career in the 1980s at Monosolar Inc., which pioneered a revolutionary electroplating technique for the deposition of CdTe solar cells on glass. Monosolar was acquired by British Petroleum, enabling BP to enter the solar energy market through the creation of BP Solar.

Homayoun Talieh earned a BS in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and an MS in materials science from the University of Illinois. He holds more than 63 patents in the areas of physical vapor deposition (PVD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), and photolithography. In addition, he has authored numerous papers that have been published in leading technical journals.

Bulent Basol, PhD—Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Bulent Basol has more than 30 years of experience in the field of photovoltaics. The core technology of EncoreSolar is based on one of Dr. Basol’s innovations, employing low-cost chemical and electrochemical techniques for high-efficiency CdTe device fabrication.

Dr. Basol started his career at Monosolar Inc., where he developed a high-efficiency PV technology based on electroplated CdTe. In 1984, he sold the technology to a Standard Oil of Ohio (SOHIO)/BP partnership. This technology yielded the highest-efficiency thin-film PV modules at that time.

Subsequently, Dr. Basol co-founded International Solar Electric Technology (ISET) and was in charge of the technology development at the company. During this period, he also served as the principal investigator of more than 20 government- and aerospace corporation–funded development programs. He innovated both vacuum- and non-vacuum–based techniques for CdTe and CIGS-based thin-film solar cell fabrication. Among these innovations were nano-ink–based approaches that yielded the highest efficiency (12%) CIGS devices made by ink methods at the time. Dr. Basol also developed the first efficient, flexible, high–power-density CIGS solar cell structure on polymeric substrates, for which he received an innovation award from NASA.

In 2000, Dr. Basol joined NuTool Inc. as the chief technology officer and a board member. He led research efforts to develop copper electroplating, electrochemical mechanical deposition, electropolishing, and electrochemical mechanical polishing processes and equipment for IC manufacturing applications. In 2004, ASM International acquired NuTool and Dr. Basol became the chief technology officer of the new company, ASM NuTool.

In 2005, Dr. Basol co-founded SoloPower Inc., to develop an electrodeposition-based CIGS solar cell technology that yielded the highest-efficiency devices through electroplating. As the chief technology officer and a board member, he led the technical efforts to establish a manufacturing line for CIGS modules.

Bulent Basol received a BS in electrical engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, and a PhD in solid-state electronics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 124 issued and more than 50 pending patents, and has authored over 100 publications.