Thin Film Photovoltaics

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The motivation to develop thin film technologies dates back to the inception of photovoltaics. It is an idea based on achieving truly low-cost photovoltaics appropriate for mass production and energy significant markets. The key to the idea is the use of pennies worth of active materials. Since sunlight carries relatively little energy in comparison with combustion-based energy sources,photovoltaic (PV) modules must be cheap to produce energy that can be competitive. Thin films are presumed to be the answer to that low-cost requirement. But how cheap do they have to be? The following is an oversimplified analysis that allows some insight into this question.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1998
EventTechnology's Critical Role in Energy and Environmental Markets Conference - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Duration: 18 Oct 199821 Oct 1998


ConferenceTechnology's Critical Role in Energy and Environmental Markets Conference
CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-25262


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