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BTU International Appoints Frank Bottari as Director of Solar Applications

Aug 26, 2008

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Aug. 26, 2008�BTU International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced the appointment of Frank Bottari, Ph.D., as director of solar applications.

Dr. Bottari comes to BTU with an extensive background in process development for thin films coatings, nanomaterials for display and solar applications, and silicon photovoltaics at companies including Mobil Solar and 3M. He holds over 40 patents and published applications, many of them in solar technology. Dr. Bottari holds a doctorate from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

�We are thrilled to have Frank as a key part of our expanding solar team. He will have responsibility for our solar labs and applications teams in both the U.S. and China,� said Doug Lawson, VP, alternative energy, marketing and business development. �We are looking forward to leveraging his strengths in process development to improve solar cell efficiencies as we partner with key customers.�

BTU offers solar processing equipment for both silicon and thin film photovoltaics. In thin film photovoltaics, BTU's equipment is used for both the CIGS and the CdTe processes. Silicon photovoltaic applications are served by BTU's metallization furnaces and in-line diffusion systems.

BTU will be exhibiting at the 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Valencia, Spain, being held on September 1� 5. BTU process experts will be available for the duration of the show to answer questions and review requirements.

About BTU International

BTU International is a market-leading, global supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets. BTU equipment is used in solar cell, nuclear fuel and fuel cell manufacturing as well as in the production of printed circuit board assemblies and semiconductor packaging. BTU has operations in North Billerica, MA and Shanghai, China with direct sales and service in the USA, Asia and Europe. Information about BTU International is available at http://www.btu.com.

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