PV Manufacturing R&D Accomplishments and Status

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) PV Manufacturing Research and Development program has worked for 11 years in partnership with the U.S. photovoltaic industry to reduce manufacturing costs while significantly scaling up production capacity. Over this period, the PV Manufacturing R&D Program has issued seven solicitations for partnerships that have resulted in over 50 cost-shared R&Dsubcontracts that addressed the cost and capacity goals of the Program, including 10 that are currently active. The previous and current contracts have typically focused on addressing Program goals in one of two areas ? module manufacturing and balance of systems (BOS)/systems work. The majority of the DOE investment has been targeted toward module manufacturing. The partnerships have resultedin a significant and measurable increase in PV module/systems production capacity, a decrease in PV manufacturing costs, and a subsequent return on the joint public and private investments facilitated by the Program.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2003
EventNational Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) and Solar Program Review Meeting - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 24 Mar 200326 Mar 2003


ConferenceNational Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) and Solar Program Review Meeting
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-33628


  • benefits
  • capacity
  • costs
  • partnership
  • PV manufacturing R&D
  • recapture


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