Recent Developments in Photovoltaics

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    In this paper we describe the long-term (late 1990s) cost and efficiency goals of the recently issued National Photovoltaics Program Five-Year Research Plan, technical goals which are based on a constant dollar electricity cost target of 6.5 cents/kWh. We next discuss an assessment using material requirements for estimating the potential of different PV technologies to meet these goals. Thisassessment suggests that thin-film PV technologies, especially amorphous silicon, have much potential for achieving the long-term goals. Finally, we describe the recent achievements and near-term thrusts of the research efforts conducted by SERI.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 1984

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-211-2335


    • amorphous silicon
    • material requirements
    • national photovoltaics program five-year research plan
    • PV technologies
    • thin films


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