Progress in Photovoltaic Components and Systems

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


    The Photovoltaic Manufacturing Research and Development project is a government/industry partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and members of the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) industry. The purpose of the project is to work with industry to improve manufacturing processes, reduce manufacturing costs, and improve the performance of PV products. This project is conducted through phasedsolicitations with industry participants selected through a competitive evaluation process. Starting in 1995, the two most recent solicitations include manufacturing improvements for balance-of-system (BOS) components, energy storage, and PV system design improvements. This paper surveys the work accomplished since that time, as well as BOS work currently in progress in the PV Manufacturing R&Dproject to identify areas of continued interest and product trends. Industry participants continue to work to improve inverters and to expand the features and capabilities of this key component. The industry also continues to advance fully integrated systems that meet standards for performance and safety. All participants included manufacturing improvements to reduce costs and improvereliability. Accomplishments of the project's participants are summarized to illustrate the product and manufacturing trends.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 2000
    Event16th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - Glasgow, Scotland
    Duration: 1 May 20005 May 2000


    Conference16th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
    CityGlasgow, Scotland

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-27460


    Dive into the research topics of 'Progress in Photovoltaic Components and Systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this