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Dr. Peter F. Varadi escaped from Hungary in 1956 and, after a scientific carrier in 1968, was appointed head of the Communication Satellite Corporation’s (COMSAT’s) chemistry laboratory in the US. In this function he also participated in research on photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, which were used to power satellites. In 1973 he co-founded SOLAREX Corporation in Rockville, Maryland to develop the utilization of solar cells (PV) for terrestrial applications. SOLAREX was one of two companies that pioneered this field. In 1983, it was the largest PV company in the world when it was sold to AMOCO. Varadi continued consulting for Solarex for ten years, and after that for the European Commission, The World Bank, and NREL, among other organizations. In 2004, in recognition of his lifelong service to the global PV sector and his continuing commitment to strive for excellence in the PV industry, received the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) John Bonda prize.


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An excellent new book on the history of solar energy July 7 2014
By Allan R Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Peter Varadi's new book is a unique and valuable contribution to the history of solar energy authored by a true solar energy pioneer. In 1973 he co-founded SOLAREX Corporation, Rockville, MD (USA) to develop the utilization of solar cells (PV) for terrestrial applications. As someone who is intimately familiar with the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies for many years, I can nevertheless say I learned a great deal from Peter's book that I did not previously know about the PV industry’s early years and its subsequent expansion into a critical part of the world’s current and future energy system. I recommend it highly.
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A book to be read by everyone June 25 2014
By Helene B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Before I opened this book - which a friend strongly recommended - I knew very little about anything solar. My curiosity was peeked
and when I started reading it I could not put it down. First, because it was so easy and understandable to read and also it was
witty and so much of what we don't know or take for granted was amazingly revealed.
This book is a must for everyone who wants to understand what is around us and know how we live today with so much
that we don't know .
This is also a book for students to discover the world around us.
Down and Dirty in the Green July 11 2014
By Walter J. Boyne - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating insight you will not get elsewhere


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