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

Martha Symko-Davies, Richard L. Mitchell, C. Edwin Witt, Holly P. Thomas, Richard King, Douglas Ruby

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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 that have 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 pages4
StatePublished - 2000
Event28th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2000 - Anchorage, United States
Duration: 15 Sep 200022 Sep 2000


Conference28th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

For preprint version including full-text online document see NREL/CP-520-28928

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-30401


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