Stan Ovshinsky runs United Solar Ovonics plant in Auburn Hills northwest of Detroit. The plant makes successful, cost-efficient solar panels and is pioneering the hydrogen fuel cell. 
2006 Frederick Douglass-Eugene V. Debs Dinner
The 2006 Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America Frederick Douglass-Eugene V. Debs Dinner was held Saturday, November 18, 2006 from 6-9 p.m. at UAW Local 600, 10550 Dix Avenue in Dearborn. The honorees were Michigan AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Tina Abbott and inventors Stan Ovshinsky and Iris Ovshinsky. The keynote speaker was noted labor and globalization expert Harley Shaiken.
The Ovshinskys were the inventors of the nickel hydride battery used in all hybrid vehicles as well as major contributors to the field of solar technology.