Polycrystalline Thin-Film Technology: Recent Progress in Photovoltaics

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    The Module Development Initiative has made significant progress in support of the Polycrystalline Thin-Film Program in the past year, and results are presented in this paper. The major U.S. industrial participants in the CulnSe2 portion of this initiative include Siemens Solar Industries, Solarex Corporation, International Solar Electric Technology (ISET), Martin Marietta, and Boeing Aerospaceand Electronics. Photon Energy and Solar Cells Inc. are involved in the CdTe research under this initiative. A program is also being addressed for the aggressive development of the thin silicon film on ceramic substrates by AstroPower. The major players in polycrystalline thin films outside of the United States are BP Solar in the United Kingdom, Matsushita Battery in Japan, and Microchemistryin Finland. All three of these groups are developing thin-film CdTe power modules. Additionally, as part of the Photovoltaics for Utility-Scale Applications (PVUSA) project, several emerging thin-film technologies are planned for field testing at Davis, California, during 1992. This paper will summarize the current status and technical results under the subcontracted research in the PVUSAprogram. In addition, the NREL-funded competition for university research subcontracts will be discussed.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages9
    StatePublished - 1991
    Event1992 ASME International Solar Energy Conference - Maui, Hawaii
    Duration: 4 Apr 19928 Apr 1992


    Conference1992 ASME International Solar Energy Conference
    CityMaui, Hawaii

    Bibliographical note

    Prepared for the 1992 ASME International Solar Energy Conference, 4-8 April 1992, Maui, Hawaii

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-214-4589


    • cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic solar cells modules
    • copper indium diselenide (CIS)
    • photovoltaics (PV)
    • polycrystalline
    • polycrystalline silicon
    • thin film
    • thin films


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