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Silicon Valley Solar Startup Tandem PV Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Tandem PV, an innovative solar energy startup, to the organization today. The Silicon Valley startup is leading the charge to develop and commercialize a more powerful and...

Digital Consultancy Firm Hitachi Digital Services Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Hitachi Digital Services to the organization today. Hitachi Digital Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is an edge-to-core digital consultancy and...

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CMTA Government Relations Update: California’s Manufacturers May Lose a Major Training Program

This month’s Government Relations Update video highlights crucial legislative developments for California’s manufacturing sector. 
Both the Assembly and Senate have a huge deadline on Friday, May 24, 2024, to pass bills introduced in their house of origin. In the days leading up to this deadline, both houses are intensively reviewing and voting on various bills. This legislative activity is critical for manufacturers to monitor, as the outcomes will shape the regulatory and operational landscape for the sector. 

A significant point of concern for California’s manufacturing industry is Senate Bill 1321, spearheaded by Senator Aisha Wahab. This bill proposes an overhaul of the Employment Training Panel (ETP), which has been instrumental in providing workforce development funding. The ETP has allocated over $26.7 million, benefiting more than 37,000 employees in the manufacturing sector. However, the proposed changes threaten to dismantle this vital program, jeopardizing sustainable jobs and career pathways. The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) identifies this bill as a Manufacturing Breaker Bill as it is a potential disruptor to the stability and growth of the industry. 

Another concerning bill for California’s manufacturers is Assembly Bill 2083, led by Assemblymember Marc Berman, which mandates the California Energy Commission to assess the feasibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial heat applications by 85% below 1990 levels by 2045. While the bill aims for significant environmental advancements, its current form is flawed due to its narrow focus on zero-emission and electrified equipment, excluding more cost-effective and technologically viable alternatives like hydrogen fuel and carbon capture. AB 2083 is an attempt to force the California industry away from natural gas in a manner that is not cost-effective or technologically possible at this time. Cost is even more concerning given that the legislature is considering eliminating R&D tax credits and minimizing the Net operating losses for businesses as part of the budget due to California’s most recent updated budget announcement. CMTA identifies AB 2083 as a Manufacturing Breaker Bill. 

 

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Silicon Valley Solar Startup Tandem PV Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Tandem PV, an innovative solar energy startup, to the organization today.

The Silicon Valley startup is leading the charge to develop and commercialize a more powerful and affordable solar panel using perovskite technology, which many have described as the future of solar energy.

“Adding new technologies and capabilities that enhance California’s reliable and affordable energy objectives is a key component to meeting the needs of the future,” said CMTA’s CEO & President Lance Hastings. “CMTA is excited to welcome Tandem PV to the organization and help them grow their manufacturing facility in California.”

Perovskite is a synthetic crystalline material that is sensitive to wavelengths of light that conventional solar panels do not efficiently convert to electricity. Tandem PV’s co-founder Colin Bailie developed the first perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell at Stanford University in 2013. The company’s perovskite-based solar panels are 25% more efficient than the average silicon solar panel. More powerful and affordable solar energy will help the world expeditiously attain its renewable energy goals.

“We are excited to join CMTA, which has a singular focus on helping California manufacturers like Tandem PV,” said Tandem PV CEO Scott Wharton. “It has great relationships with state and local government officials and expertise about how to access myriad government sources that can support our work as a small manufacturer and help us thrive as a climate tech leader in the state.”

Tandem PV secured an additional $6 million at the beginning of 2024 to further its R&D with plans for its first manufacturing facility. It has received support from the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the California Energy Commission.

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About CMTA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit CMTA’s website.

About Tandem PV

Tandem PV, based in Silicon Valley and founded in 2016, is driving the transition to a net-zero economy by developing state-of-the-art perovskite-based solar panels. The company is committed to the production of highly efficient and durable solar technology suited for broad-scale deployment. Its co-founder and CTO, Colin Bailie, developed the first perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell at Stanford University and launched the company through Cyclotron Road, the U.S. Dept. of Energy startup accelerator supporting innovations with potential for global commercial impact. Tandem PV has raised a total of $28 million in venture capital and government funds including from the DOE, the National Science Foundation, and the California Energy Commission. For more information, visit Tandem PV’s website.

Digital Consultancy Firm Hitachi Digital Services Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif.The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Hitachi Digital Services to the organization today.

Hitachi Digital Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is an edge-to-core digital consultancy and technology services provider helping organizations realize the full potential of artificial intelligence-driven digital transformation.

The company is partnering with CMTA to provide informational webinars on AI to California’s manufacturers. Dr. Chetan Gupta, head of AI research, will host Hitachi Digital Services’ first webinar on June 11, 2024, and it will explore AI’s transformative impact on manufacturing.

“Embracing the digital era in manufacturing, we eagerly anticipate bringing forward new associate member Hitachi Digital Services as an expert in AI to our members,” said CMTA’s CEO & President Lance Hastings. “Empowering our members to navigate future challenges will fortify our small and medium-sized manufacturers.”

Hitachi Digital Services leans on its parent company’s 110-year history in manufacturing and over 60 years in IT expertise to help shape the industry’s digital strategies and increase manufacturing velocity.

The company uses industrial AI and machine learning within the manufacturing sector to enhance operational performance by pinpointing factors affecting quality, identifying critical failures in infrastructure, and reducing human errors.

The company provides digital consulting for various industries, including manufacturing and aerospace and defense through its Smart Factory Solutions.

“Hitachi is honored to join the CMTA and collaborate with industry leaders, and policymakers to help drive innovation and advancement of manufacturing in California and the United States,” said Nicholas Wojciak, Industry Leader Western United States for Hitachi Digital Services. “Together, we can drive economic growth, foster innovation, and build a more resilient, environmentally sustainable competitive manufacturing industry.”

Through a technology-unified operating model for cloud, data, and IoT, Hitachi Digital Services’ end-to-end value creation for clients is established through innovation in digital engineering, implementation services, products, and solutions. Information Services Group (ISG) recently named Hitachi Digital Services as a “Product Challenger” for manufacturing services and solutions in its latest research report.

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About CMTA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit CMTA’s website.

About Hitachi Digital ServicesHitachi Digital Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is an edge-to-core digital consultancy and technology services provider helping organizations realize the full potential of AI-driven digital transformation. Through a technology-unified operating model for cloud, data, and IoT, Hitachi Digital Services’ end-to-end value creation for clients is established through innovation in digital engineering, implementation services, products, and solutions. Built on Hitachi Group’s more than 110 years of innovation across industries, Hitachi Digital Services helps to improve people’s lives today and build a sustainable world tomorrow. For more information, visit https://hitachids.com/.

 

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