Status and Assessment of Photovoltaic Technologies

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

29 Scopus Citations


The history and status of the current photovoltaic technologies are reviewed and evaluated. The problems and strengths of single-crystal, polycrystalline, and amorphous technologies are discussed, compared, and assessed. Singlejunction and multiple-junction or tandem cell configurations are evaluated for performance, processing, and engineering criteria. Some emphasis is placed on the emerging thin film options for low cost terrestrial applications. Discussions centre around the basic photovoltaic system building block, the solar cell, but important module developments and problems are cited. Future technology and research directions are provided for materials, cells, and modules.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)185-210
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Materials Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989

NREL Publication Number

  • ACNR/JA-213-11345


Dive into the research topics of 'Status and Assessment of Photovoltaic Technologies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this