Long before the first official celebration of Earth Day, engineers were trying to draw energy from the sun by employing photovoltaic panels. A pioneer in this technology, Zoltan Kiss, has founded a series of companies: Chronar in 1982, and Energy Photovoltaics (EPV Inc.) in 1991, now a 50-person firm on Bakers Basin Road.

Terra Solar, which offers solar power factories and franchises, is the newest venture for Kiss, who is chairman and scientific officer. Last month the firm expanded from 16 to 18 people and moved from 7,500 square feet at 4260 Route 1 North to 50,000 feet on Ludlow Drive (off Whitehead Road Extension) in Ewing, a space formerly occupied by JDS Uniphase. The firm plans to hire 40 more workers by the end of the year.

“Our present revenue comes from a contract with a company in China. We are producing equipment and arranging for its manufacture,” says Robert Fisher, vice president of administration and finance. “But we are organizing ourselves to be a manufacturer.” New hires will be electricians, photovoltaic scientists, and technicians for upper-end line work. Frank Ziobro is vice president of manufacturing at the Ewing site.

Terra Solar’s majority owner is China Solar-Energy Holdings Ltd., which trades on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The headquarters is at 44 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Yuan Lee, the CEO of Terra Solar since 2004, is committed to bringing ecology-friendly technologies to Asia. The son of a Taiwanese naval officer, he was an electrical engineer at National Taiwan University, Class of 1972, and has a PhD in physics from Columbia. Until 2004 he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

A typical solar energy system for a house has been estimated to save up to four tons of carbon dioxide emissions. “The name of the game is to generate power without pollution,” says Henry J. Behnke, vice president of PV systems. “PV panels do that and will compete even faster with fossil fuels as the price of oil rises.”

Says CEO Lee: “When we use the solar panel, not only is it free, but it doesn’t generate any of the CO2. A lot of solutions are in nature if we put on the right glasses to see them.”

Terra Solar (0115), 200 Ludlow Drive, Ewing 08638; 609-771-8600; fax, 609-771-8668. Zoltan Kiss, chairman and chief scientific officer. www.terrasolar.com

Start-Ups

Foundation Venture Capital Group LLC, 120 Albany Street, Tower II, Suite 850, New Brunswick 08901; 732-235-5400. George F. Heinrich MD, CEO. www.foundationventure.com

A new venture capital group, associated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, will invest in technologies developed at the university.

“We anticipate that early-stage businesses set up to advance university breakthroughs will reap huge benefits, as will the university and the investors,” said James M. Golubieski in a press release. He is president of the Foundation of UMDNJ, formed in 1974, and also president of the new venture capital group. George F. Heinrich MD is vice chair and CEO of the venture capital group, which will work with Vince Smeraglia, director of UMDNJ’s office of patents and licensing, on funding the entrepreneurial activity.

Expansions

GSC Kleinfelder LLP, 1 AAA Drive, Suite 203, Robbinsville 08691; 609-584-5271; fax, 609-584-7498. Derek Fisher, regional operations manager. Home page: www.kleinfelder.com

The hydrology and environmental science firm formerly known as Geologic Services has merged with a California-based firm Kleinfelder, and the name has changed. This office expanded from 40 to 46 employees and from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet.

Association Business Solutions (ABS), 247 East Front Street, Trenton 08611; 609-392-3800; fax, 609-514-5131. Karla Pollack, principal. Home page: www.absnj.com

Association Business Solutions moved a five-person office from shared space on Independence Way to the Mill Hill historic district in Trenton. Karla Pollack and Paula Hartman offer association and nonprofit management and business development — fundraising for nonprofits, event planning, membership development, communications, and lobbying.

Copy Dynamics Inc., 1075 Cranbury-South River Road, Jamesburg 08831; 609-235-0500; fax, 609-395-9547. Joe Nattina, partner. Home page: www.copydynamics.com

In January Joe Nattina and Bob Dragani moved a 45-person Copy Dynamics office from Route 130 to Cranbury-South River Road. The company sells and services Canon office products, and it also has offices in Lakewood and Pennsauken.

New in Town

Kevin F. D’Amour PC, 12 Roszel Road, Suite A-207, Princeton 08540; 609-919-0757; fax, 609-919-0797.

Kevin D’Amour opened a Princeton office in February; he has another office in the Virgin Islands. According to his online biography, his practice areas include corporate law, real estate development, taxation, commercial litigation, and international law. D’Amour got his JD degree from Southwestern University in 1982 and earned his BA from Florida International University after attending the United States Naval Academy.

Ingen Orthopedics, 2650 Route 130, Constitution Center, Cranbury 08512; 609-409-3316; fax, 609-409-3317. Home page: www.ingenortho.com

Ingen Orthopedics, an orthopedic device company that specializes in shoulder joints, moved last year into 1,060 feet at Constitution Center in Cranbury. It provides different parts of the shoulder, including stem, head, and glenoid, as well as related medical instruments.

Disk Doctors Labs Inc., 100 Overlook Center, Suite 2128, Princeton 08540; 609-375-2241; fax, 609-375-2001. Asim Qureshy, branch manager. Home page: www.diskdoctors.com

Asim Qureshy opened a branch of a data recovery services company, Disk Doctors, at 100 Overlook. Established in 1991, the firm is based in Norcross, Georgia, and has more than a dozen centers in the United States. The website claims that the company can restore “a surprisingly high percentage of data from crashed hard disk drives, optical disks, tapes, and RAID servers from any operating systems.”

Mycometrics, 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 210, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-355-9018; fax, 732-658-5185. King-Teh Lin PhD, laboratory director. Home page: www.mycometrics.com

Mycometrics, a microbiology services laboratory founded about a year ago at Princeton Corporate Plaza, specializes in the identification of fungi (molds), bacteria, and viruses from the environment, food, pharmaceutical, or biological products. Its QPCR process detects the individual mold species in a sample and provides a quantitative count of how much is present. Sample applications are monitoring the decontamination of mold during the construction process of a hospital addition where there was significant water damage and removing an old carpet whose reservoirs of mold could potentially cause secondary infections to seriously ill burn patients.

Laboratory director King-Teh Lin, a Taiwan native, has a PhD from the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As director of R&D at P&K Microbiology Services, he commercialized the EPA-licensed mold QPCR technology and invented a new method for identification of wood decay fungi.

Ricoh Business Systems, 2271 Route 33, Suite 105, Hamilton 08691; 609-689-2485; fax, 609-689-2480. Jay Scheruda, sales manager. Home page: www.ricoh-usa.com

The Edison site of the office equipment firm expanded in November by opening an eight person office on Route 33.

Name Changes

Kataman Metals Inc., 1626 Georges Road, Suite A 201, North Brunswick 08902; 732-940-7500. Robert J. Steinfeld. Home page: www.katamanmetals.com

Robert Steinfeld is a scrap metal broker, and late in 2006 he left his former company, Versatile Metals (headquartered near Chicago and now known as Versatile Logistics), to join a company in St. Louis, Missouri. His location did not change.

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