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DayStar Technologies Official to Tour Hudson Valley’s Photovoltaic Laboratory
VP to meet with students, faculty and lecture about PV industry

CONTACT: Erica Dart (518) 462-0318 – Sawchuk, Brown Associates for DayStar Technologies
Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 – Hudson Valley Community College

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 2, 2006

WHO: Terry Schuyler, vice president of sales and marketing at DayStar Technologies Inc. in Halfmoon, and Hudson Valley Community College officials, faculty and Electrical Construction and Maintenance students studying photovoltaic (solar cell) technology.
WHAT: Schuyler, who has more than 27 years of end-to-end photovoltaic (PV) industry experience, including research and development, PV systems design and integration, and domestic and international program and project development, will visit the college’s PV laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience in this growing field. Following his tour of the lab, Schuyler, will give a lecture titled “Photovoltaics - Watts in the Past and Watts in the Future” which will focus on the PV industry and bringing this emerging technology to the region and beyond.

9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2006


Photovoltaic Lab, just outside Williams Hall
Hudson Valley Community College campus
80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy


Hudson Valley Community College received a $148,000 grant from NYSERDA to develop two PV courses (Photovoltaic Systems Theory and Design, and Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Maintenance) and train instructors to teach the new technology. The college is building on those two courses and plans to create a certificate program in PV installation.

Twelve top-performing Electrical Construction and Maintenance students have taken the courses, which will prepare them to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners-issued exam so they can gain a Photovoltaic Entry-Level Certificate of Knowledge.

DayStar Technologies, Inc. is an emerging leader in low cost, high efficiency Photovoltaic Foil™ that converts sunlight into energy. The Company manufactures CIGS solar cells, which are deposited on flexible metal foils using production processes adapted from computer component manufacturing. As an alternative to wafer-silicon solar cells, DayStar believes the unique combination of its CIGS solar cell design coupled with proprietary manufacturing processes on flexible metal substrates could substantially lower costs and remove deployment barriers currently limiting large adoption of solar energy.

DIRECTIONS: To reach the PV lab, enter the Hudson Valley Community College campus via South Road (the entrance across from the Country Grove restaurant). Follow South Road, which will curve to the right and become Williams Access Road; use the entrance to the parking lot immediately after the road curves. The photovoltaic lab is a fenced-in area in front of Williams Hall, which is located at the south end of the parking lot; the event will be held in Williams Hall Room 106