PVMaT 1998 Overview

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The Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) project is a government/industry research and development (R&D) partnership between the U.S. federal government (through the U.S. Department of Energy [DOE]) and members of the U.S. PV industry. The goals of PVMaT are to assist the U.S. PV industry improve module manufacturing processes and equipment; accelerate manufacturing cost reductions forPV modules, balance-of-systems components, and integrated systems; increase commercial product performance and reliability; and enhance investment opportunities for substantial scale-ups of U.S.-based PV manufacturing plant capacities. The approach for PVMaT has been to cost-share the R&D risk as industry explores new manufacturing options and ideas for improved PV modules and components,advances system and product integration, and develops new systems designs. These activities will lead to overall reduced system life-cycle costs for reliable PV end-products. The 1994 PVMaT Product-Driven BOS and Systerms activities, as well as Product-Driven Module Manufacturing R&D activities, are just being completed. Fourteen new subcontracts have just been awarded in the areas of PV Systemand Component Technology and Module Manufacturing Technology. Government funding, subcontractor cost-sharing, and a comparison of the relative efforts by PV technology throughout the PVMaT project are also discussed.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1998
EventNCPV Program Review Meeting - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 8 Sep 199811 Sep 1998


ConferenceNCPV Program Review Meeting
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-25286


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