Overview of NREL's Photovoltaic Advanced R&D Project

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Photovoltaic Advanced Research and Development (PV AR&D) Project supports the U. S. Department of Energy's National Photovoltaics Program in assisting the development and commercialization of photovoltaics (PV) energy technology. The NREL program is implemented through in-house research and subcontracts, with over 50% of the annual budgetawarded through competitive solicitations to universities, large and small businesses, and other research centers. These activities include cost-shared, multiyear, government/industry partnerships and technology initiatives. The research has resulted in a better fundamental understanding of materials, devices, and processes, the achievement of record efficiencies in nearly all PV technologyareas, the identification of promising new approaches to low-cost photovoltaics, and the introduction of new PV technology products into system experiments and PV markets. This paper presents an overview of NREL's PV AR&D Project in terms of the project organization and budgets, near- and long-term project objectives, research participants, and current and future research directions. Recentprogress in the in-house and subcontracted research activities is described.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages15
    StatePublished - 1992

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-410-4723


    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    • photovoltaics (PV)
    • research and development (R&D)


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