Next Generation Solar

Enabling True Mobility and Sustainable Power Generation

Future of Solar

Columbus Photovoltaics is a next-generation solar energy company with a mission to change how the world is powered.
The company is developing an ultra-thin add-on layer to existing silicon solar cells, which can increase efficiency by up to 75% — a technological breakthrough.
Advanced solar technology will transform global eMobility and energy markets, delivering economic benefits and sustainable, non-polluting energy to the planet.


Columbus Photovoltaics high efficiency, ultra-thin solar cells developed with proprietary technology may dramatically improve solar device efficiency from 18-20% to >35% when combined with standard silicon cells.

Sustainable Energy

Climate, pollution and energy resources issues are intensifying around the world. The need for transformational solar technology for sustainable energy production has never been greater.


A powerful Columbus PV solar charging cell can enhance the impact of nearly every portable electronic device. Efficient, affordable solar charging is the key to true mobility – Pull the Plug!

Developing World

Mobile solar reduces pollution, increases economic opportunities and helps alleviates poverty in developing nations by providing off-grid power solutions to those who previously had none.


Columbus Photovoltaics is located in New York City with a research office in Rolla, MO. The company was established in 2011. Research efforts and commercial prototype development are underway at the Missouri University of Science & Technology (MST) and additional institutions around the country.


Jim Weldon

Jim Weldon

Commercialization Specialist

    Former CEO & co-founder, Solar Junction, COO at Translucent, Senior Executive at Veeco. Thirty years of commercialization experience in bringing research and development innovation to market.

    Corey Lerner, MD

    Corey Lerner, MD

    President and Founder

      Developed theoretical framework for company's intellectual property, including new power generation and collection systems for solar cells. Amherst College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1971; Harvard Medical School, M.D. 1975.

      Harald Braun

      Harald Braun

      General Manager, Mobile Applications

        Former President/CEO of Siemens Networks LLC USA; Senior Executive for Nokia Siemens Networks North America; Former President/CEO of Aviat Networks (NASDAQ: AVNW). Founder of SkyMax Network, which deploys mobile broadband services in developing nations.

        April Bar Siman Tov

        April Bar Siman Tov

        Vice President

          Manage strategic initiatives, operations and investor/partner relations. Former analyst at environmental focused hedge fund with experience in entrepreneurship, finance, energy technology and policy. M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

          Douglas Abbey

          Douglas Abbey

          Chairman of Management Advisory Board

            Chairman, Swift Real Estate Partners. Co-founder AMB Property Group (now Prologis NYSE: PLD). Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Leader in a number of nonprofit organizations related to affordable housing and land use issues.

            Robert P. Taylor

            Robert P. Taylor

            Intellectual Property Strategist

              Former Venture Advisor, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Sr. Counsel, Arnold & Porter. Extensive patent litigation experience in high tech.

              Stephen Shalen

              Stephen Shalen

              Management Advisory Board Member

                Senior Counsel (Retired Partner), Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton, LLP. Expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities law.


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                Columbus Photovoltaics LLC

                Corporate Headquarters
                95-22 63rd Road, Suite 516
                Rego Park, NY 11374

                Research Office
                MS&T Tech Building, Suite 210
                900 Innovation Drive
                Rolla, MO 65401