range of their research through a new MOU focusing on solar photovoltaic materials and systems, including solar fuels and concentrated solar power (CSP), as well as performance and reliability.

“I am often asked what I predict for the future of German-American relations,” he said, “and how our two countries can impact the world in development and stability. As the world’s pre-eminent manufacturing and innovation centers, Germany and the United States can not only set an example by growing their own economies; they can also advance technological know-how and innovative developments that grow the global economy and serve the greater international community.”

Mr. Murphy concluded with “an important lesson” relevant to both the public and private sectors. “It is far better to compete by innovating, leading, and collaborating,” he said, “than by standing still. This symposium is an important platform to discuss how we best take advantage of our innovative capabilities both to compete and to collaborate.”

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