Benefits from the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Project

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    This paper examines the goals of the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) project and its achievements in recapturing the investment by the photovoltaic (PV) industry and the public in this research. The PVMaT project was initiated in 1990 with the goal of enhancing the world-wide competitiveness of the U.S PV industry. Based on our analysis, PVMaT has contributed to PV modulemanufacturing process improvements, increased product value, and reductions in the price of today's PV products. An evaluation of success in this project was conducted using data collected from 10 of the PVMaT industrial participants in late fiscal year (FY) 1995. These data indicate a reduction of 56% in the weighted average module manufacturing costs from 1992 to 1996. During this same period,U. module manufacturing capacity has increased by more than a factor of 6. Finally, the analysis indicates that both the public and the manufacturers will recapture the funds expended in R&D manufacturing improvements well before the year 2000.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 1996

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-411-20420


    • photovoltaic
    • photovoltaic manufacturing technology (PVMAT)
    • research and development (R&D)


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