Lexington, MA – August 24, 2011 – 1366 Technologies today announced it has named Rick Tattersfield Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Tattersfield will be responsible for implementing the supply chain and business processes that will take 1366’s Direct Wafer technology from first generation to commercialization, as well as building and operating the company’s two future manufacturing facilities.

“Rick is not only a solar industry veteran, he’s also an extremely versatile executive with an acute understanding of what’s required to scale technologies like ours and develop the supply chain structure to support them,” said Frank van Mierlo, CEO. “His prior successes in these areas make him the ideal choice to lead our business processes as we ready for our next growth phase.”

Before joining 1366, Rick held senior roles at GT Solar, now GT Advanced Technologies, where he most recently served as VP and General Manager of the company’s Sapphire equipment product line – Sapphire is the main material used to make LEDs – where he built the team and developed the road map for the company’s fastest growing business. Before that role he was VP and General Manager of GT Solar’s PV Equipment Division and VP of the company’s Global Operations. During his tenure, the company accelerated its operations capability from making just a few machines a month to several each day, expanded its supply chain and service capabilities, and opened facilities in Shanghai and Hong Kong. His prior experience includes operational roles at industrial manufacturer, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Instron, and IST GmbH. Rick received his BSc from The Royal Navy Engineering College and his MSc from Cranfield University, where he also completed a Fellowship in Manufacturing Management.

“For solar to truly succeed as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, we need a technology like 1366’s Direct Wafer. It’s the right approach to achieving a significant impact as it avoids the complexity and waste associated with batch processes,” said Tattersfield. “I believe that the 1366 team is the team that will help the solar industry realize its promise and move us all toward a brighter future. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”

About 1366 Technologies

1366 Technologies eliminates the cost and production challenges that have hampered solar power’s ability to replace fossil fuels.  The company combines breakthrough innovations in silicon cell architecture with lean manufacturing processes to make the world’s most cost effective and commercially viable high efficiency solar cells. Developed by a veteran team of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, including MIT professor and photovoltaic industry expert Dr. Emanuel Sachs, the company’s novel approach breaks the historic efficiency and cost tradeoff of photovoltaics. 1366 Technologies is headquartered in Lexington, MA. For more information, please visit www.1366tech.com.

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Sarah Hurley

Greenough Communications

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