Editorial: Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 2017: Article ID 5717323

Prakash Basnyat, Srinivas Devayajanam

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The demand of photovoltaic energy has continued to grow in recent years concomitant with a decrease in the module prices. There continues to be slight overcapacity of production despite large installations worldwide, particularly in China and the USA. The global capacity additions in 2017 are expected to reach 79 gigawatts (GW), slightly higher than 77 GW in 2016. While most of the solar cell manufacturing is occurring in China, there is a growing interest in developing module assembly in many other countries (particularly in India). As the manufacturing volume grows, there is continued reduction in the manufacturing cost. However, there continues to be considerable need for further research into improved cell/module designs and fabrication technology. This is the 4th special issue of the International Journal of Photoenergy on 'Photovoltaic Materials and Devices' and is a very short assembly of accepted papers from a much wider submission, aimed at recent advances in materials and PV systems. This issue contains 5 papers on various aspects of photovoltaics, which are briefly described here.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Photoenergy
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-72921


  • devices
  • materials
  • photovoltaics


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