Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Phase 1, Final Technical Report, 1 May 1991 - 10 May 1991

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    This report describes subcontracted research by the Chronar Corporation, prepared by Advanced Photovoltaic Systems, Inc. (APS) for Phase 1 of the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Development project. Amorphous silicon is chosen as the PV technology that Chronar Corporation and APS believe offers the greatest potential for manufacturing improvements, which, in turn, will result in significantcost reductions and performance improvements in photovoltaic products. The APS 'Eureka' facility was chosen as the manufacturing system that can offer the possibility of achieving these production enhancements. The relationship of the 'Eureka' facility to Chronar's 'batch' plants is discussed. Five key areas are also identified that could meet the objectives of manufacturing potential that couldlead to improved performance, reduced manufacturing costs, and significantly increased production. The projected long-term potential benefits of these areas are discussed, as well as problems that may impede the achievement of the hoped-for developments. A significant number of the problems discussed are of a generic nature and could be of general interest to the industry. The final section ofthis document addresses the cost and time estimates for achieving the solutions to the problems discussed earlier. Emphasis is placed on the number, type, and cost of the human resources required for the project.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages49
    StatePublished - 1992

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by Chronar Corporation, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/SR-411-5018


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