Progress Update on the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Project

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Abstract

The Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) project is helping the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) industry extend its world leadership role in manufacturing and stimulate the commercial development of PV modules and systems. Initiated in 1990, PVMaT is being carried out in several; directed and staggered phases to support industry's continued progress. Thirteen subcontracts awarded in FY 1996 underPhase 4A emphasize improvement and cost reduction in the manufacture of full-system PV products. Areas of work in Phase 4A included, but were not limited to,; issues such as improving module-manufacturing processes; system and system-component packaging, integration, manufacturing, and assembly; product manufacturing flexibility; and balance-of-system development with the goal of productmanufacturing improvements. These Phase 4A,; product-driven manufacturing research and development (R&D) activities are now completing their second phase. Progress under these Phase 4A and remaining Phase 2B subcontracts from the earlier PVMaT solicitation are summarized in this paper. Evaluations of the success of this project have been carried out in FY 1995 and late FY 1996. This paperexamines the 1997 cost/capacity data that have been collected from active PVMaT manufacturers.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages1073-1076
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
EventTwenty Sixth IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Anaheim, California
Duration: 29 Sep 19973 Oct 1997

Conference

ConferenceTwenty Sixth IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
CityAnaheim, California
Period29/09/973/10/97

Bibliographical note

For preprint version, including full text online document, see NREL/CP-520-22962

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-25007

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