DOE High Performance Concentrator PV Project

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    Much in demand are next-generation photovoltaic (PV) technologies that can be used economically to make a large-scale impact on world electricity production. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the High-Performance Photovoltaic (HiPerf PV) Project to substantially increase the viability of PV for cost-competitive applications so that PV can contribute significantly to both our energysupply and environment. To accomplish such results, the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) directs in-house and subcontracted research in high-performance polycrystalline thin-film and multijunction concentrator devices with the goal of enabling progress of high-efficiency technologies toward commercial-prototype products. We will describe the details of the subcontractor and in-houseprogress in exploring and accelerating pathways of III-V multijunction concentrator solar cells and systems toward their long-term goals. By 2020, we anticipate that this project will have demonstrated 33% system efficiency and a system price of $1.00/Wp for concentrator PV systems using III-V multijunction solar cells with efficiencies over 41%.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages5
    StatePublished - 2005
    EventInternational Conference on Solar Concentrators for the Generation of Electricity or Hydrogen - Scottsdale, Arizona
    Duration: 1 May 20055 May 2005


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Solar Concentrators for the Generation of Electricity or Hydrogen
    CityScottsdale, Arizona

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-38645


    • concentrator photovoltaics
    • CPV
    • photovoltaics (PV)
    • PV
    • solar cells


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