PVMaT Advances in the Photovoltaic Industry and the Focus of Future PV Manufacturing R&D: Preprint

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This conference paper describes the DOE Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) Project which has conducted cost-shared manufacturing R&D with the photovoltaic industry for over 10 years. During this time, research has focused on the project's stated objectives of improving photovoltaic manufacturing processes and products, lowering manufacturing costs, and providing a foundation for thescale-up of U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. Progress made by each of the U.S. PV industry participants in this project has resulted in a significant reduction in the industry's direct PV module-manufacturing costs and an impressive scale-up in U.S. PV manufacturing capacity. The majority of the efforts have been module related. Results in terms of automation, yield, and throughput haveprovided a significant reduction in direct manufacturing costs. Cost reductions and capacity increases resulting from these efforts are discussed.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2002
Event29th IEEE PV Specialists Conference - New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 20 May 200224 May 2002


Conference29th IEEE PV Specialists Conference
CityNew Orleans, Louisiana

Bibliographical note

Prepared for the 29th IEEE PV Specialists Conference, 20-24 May 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-31436


  • automation
  • capacity
  • future costs
  • manufacturing R&D
  • modules
  • PV
  • PV industry
  • throughput
  • yield


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