PV Manufacturing R&D Project Status and Accomplishments under 'In-Line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing' and 'Yield, Durability and Reliability': Preprint

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Abstract

The PV Manufacturing R&D (PVMR&D) Project conducts cost-shared research and development programs with U.S. PV industry partners. There are currently two active industry partnership activities. 'In-line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing,' launched in 2002, supports development of new in-line diagnostics and monitoring with real-time feedback for optimal process control and increased yield inthe fabrication of PV modules, systems, and other system components. 'Yield, Durability and Reliability,' launched in late 2004, supports enhancement of PV module, system component, and complete system reliability in high-volume manufacturing. A second key undertaking of the PVMR&D Project is the collection and analysis of module production cost-capacity metrics for the U.S. PV industry. In theperiod from 1992 through 2005, the average module manufacturing cost in 2005 dollars fell 54% (5.7% annualized) to $2.74/Wp, and the capacity increased 18.6-fold (25% annualized) to 253 MW/yr. An experience curve analysis gives progress ratios of 87% and 81%, respectively, for U.S. silicon and thin-film module production.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-4) - Waikoloa, Hawaii
Duration: 7 May 200612 May 2006

Conference

Conference2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-4)
CityWaikoloa, Hawaii
Period7/05/0612/05/06

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-39904

Keywords

  • in-line diagnostics
  • industry
  • intelligent processing
  • manufacturer
  • module
  • PV
  • silicon
  • thin films

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