Decade of PV Industry R&D Advances in Silicon Module Manufacturing

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    The U.S. Photovoltaic (PV) industry has made significant technical advances in crystalline silicon (Si) module manufacturing through the PV Manufacturing R&D Project during the past decade. Funded Si technologies in this project have been Czochralski, cast polycrystalline, edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) ribbon, string ribbon, and Si-film. Specific R&D Si module-manufacturing categories thathave shown technical growth and will be discussed are in crystal growth and processing, wafering, cell fabrication, and module manufacturing. These R&D advancements since 1992 have contributed to a 30% decrease in PV manufacturing costs and stimulated a sevenfold increase in PV production capacity.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages7
    StatePublished - 2001
    Event28th IEEE PV Specialists Conference - Anchorage, Alaska
    Duration: 17 Sep 200022 Sep 2000


    Conference28th IEEE PV Specialists Conference
    CityAnchorage, Alaska

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-28928


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