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09 Mar 2011 11:03:02

Longoria appointed senior VP at Soitec

Silicon-on-insulator supplier Soitec, which acquired 80% of Concentrix Solar, has appointed Steve Longoria to senior vice president of worldwide strategic business development. In December 2009, Soitec acquired 80% of Concentrix Solar to enter the solar industry. An industry veteran with extensive experience and a proven track record primarily at IBM Microelectronics, Longoria joins Soitec's leadership team with responsibility for strategic business development activities worldwide, to drive FD-SOI adoption.

Longoria brings over 20 years of experience and success in sales, engineering and management on the cutting-edge of technology, leading and implementing complete technology product solutions.

During his long career at IBM, Longoria's many roles included vice president of semiconductor solutions and most recently he was VP of Asia Pacific sales with NetLogic Microsystems.

Electronics and electrical engineering company Reunert has entered the renewable energy arena in South Africa and through its subsidiary Reutech Solutions, Reutech Renewables has completed a 35 kWh solar installation at its Midrand premises, in order to research, monitor and evaluate different systems. The company’s installation consists of 102 roof mounted fixed position photovoltaic panels, and two concentrated PV (CPV) tracking systems.

Spain-based manufacturer SolFocus Germany-based Concentrix Solar supplied the CPV systems. According to news reports, Reutech's COO Peter van der Bijl said the it was not tied to specific vendors and would be flexible to offer individual end-to-end solutions. The company has in-house capacity to produce cables, switchgear and the steelwork, which forms part of solar installations. It has been developing a tracker system for CPV projects through its subsidiary, Reutech Radar Systems.

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