U.S. Polycrystalline Thin Film Solar Cells Program

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The Polycrystalline Thin Film Solar Cells Program, part of the United States National Photovoltaic Program, performs R&D on copper indium diselenide and cadmium telluride thin films. The objective of the Program is to support research to develop cells and modules that meet the U.S. Department 2of Energy's long-term goals by achieving high efficiencies (15% - 20%), low-cost ($501m ), and long-timereliability (30 years). The importance of work in this area is due to the fact that the polycrystalline thin-film CulnSe2 and CdTe solar cells and modules have made rapid advances. They have become the leading thin films for PV in terms of efficiency and stability. The U.S. Department of Energy has increased its funding through an initiative through the Solar Energy Research Institute in CulnSe2and CdTe with subcontracts to start in Spring 1990.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 1989

    Bibliographical note

    Prepared for the Materials Research Society 1989 Fall Meeting, 27 November - 2 December 1989, Boston, Massachusetts

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-211-3595


    • photovoltaic
    • polycrystalline
    • solar
    • solar cells
    • solar energy
    • thin films


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