Current Status and Future Prospects for the PVMaT Project

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The goals of the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology project (PVMaT) are to help the U.S. PV industry improve photovoltaic manufacturing processes and equipment; accelerate manufacturing cost reductions for PV modules, balance-of-systems components, and integrated systems; increase commercial product performance and reliability; and enhance the investment opportunities for substantial scale-upsof U.S.-based PV manufacturing plant capacities. PVMaT is in its ninth year of implementation, and subcontracts have been completed from four solicitations for R&D on manufacturing process problems. We are in the second year of subcontracts for a fifth PVMaT solicitation.; Based on the latest (1998) data from ten PVMaT industrial participants, the average direct manufacturing cost for theseproducers has been reduced by 29%-from $4.08 to $2.91 per peak watt since 1992-and there has also been a more than five-fold increase in manufacturing capacity-from 13.1 to 73.3 megawatts. We believe that continuing R&D on manufacturing processes contributes significantly to expeditious reductions in PV manufacturing costs, and we identify areas for future R&D.;
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1999
Event11th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-11) - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 20 Sep 199924 Sep 1999


Conference11th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-11)
CitySapporo, Japan

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-26922


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