Robert Stempel, CEO of Energy Conversion Devices, discusses advanced technology with President Bush during a Feb. 20 tour of a subsidiary's Auburn Hills, Mich., plant that makes thin-film solar panels. The panels are used on building roofs to convert sunlight to electricity. Energy Conversion Devices also is developing batteries for hybrid vehicles and devices that store hydrogen as a vehicle fuel. Bush visited the company's United Solar Ovonics subsidiary during a trip that highlighted his plans for alternatives to imported oil. Stempel is a former chairman of General Motors.
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