Update on the Department of Energy's Photovoltaic Program

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    Funding for the terrestrial photovoltaics program is $78 million in 1994. This is more than double the minimum level reached in 1989 and runs counter to the general trend of decreasing budgets for Department of Energy (DOE) programs. During the past five years, the program has expanded its mission from research and development to also address manufacturing technology and commercializationassistance. These new activities are directed toward revitalizing the maarket to reinstate the rapid rate of sales growth needed to attract investment. The program is approaching balance among efforts in each of the three areas. This translates to a reduction in some of the R&D activities of most relevance to the space power community. On the other hand, some of the advancements in manufacturingmay finally bring thin-film technologies to reality for space arrays. This talk will describe the status and direction of DOE program with an eye toward highlighting its impact on technology of interest for space.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages3
    StatePublished - 1994
    EventXIII Space Photovoltaic Research and Technology Conference (SPRAT XIII) - Cleveland, Ohio
    Duration: 14 Jun 199416 Jun 1994


    ConferenceXIII Space Photovoltaic Research and Technology Conference (SPRAT XIII)
    CityCleveland, Ohio

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-451-6861


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