Status and Recent Progress in Photovoltaic Manufacturing in the USA

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    This paper describes the present status of photovoltaic technology and recent manufacturing progress obtained through the U.S. Department of Energy's Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Project (PVMaT). Although barriers to the widespread use of photovoltaics-a clean and renewable energy-continue to exist, many of these barriers are cost-related and can be addressed through further research onexisting approaches. Important areas for development are new materials, improved manufacturing processes, more efficient conversion of sunlight to electricity, and ensured long-term reliability. Improvements in these areas can be expected to lead to lowering of system costs and, ultimately, of energy cost. Specific improvements in manufacturing processes by individual PVMaT participants aredescribed.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages10
    StatePublished - 2001
    EventSharjah Solar Energy Conference - Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
    Duration: 19 Feb 200122 Feb 2001


    ConferenceSharjah Solar Energy Conference
    CitySharjah, United Arab Emirates

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-29462


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