Phase I of the automated array assembly task of the low cost silicon solar array project. Technical quarterly report No. 6. Motorola report No. 2258/7

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A detailed cost evaluation is presented for solar cell module manufacturing. Emphasis in this analysis is applied to a critical appraisal of near term technology for application to the intermediate (1982) goal of $2.00/watt. The approach used in this cost analysis is to pursue a systematic examination of each of its many parts, and then to apply these parts to a final cost projection. In this approach, significant detail is generated; this is done in order to permit determination of the sensitivity to cost as a function of variations in the constituent parts of the analysis. The first step of ... continued below

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Grenon, L A & Coleman, M G October 1, 1977.

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A detailed cost evaluation is presented for solar cell module manufacturing. Emphasis in this analysis is applied to a critical appraisal of near term technology for application to the intermediate (1982) goal of $2.00/watt. The approach used in this cost analysis is to pursue a systematic examination of each of its many parts, and then to apply these parts to a final cost projection. In this approach, significant detail is generated; this is done in order to permit determination of the sensitivity to cost as a function of variations in the constituent parts of the analysis. The first step of this approach is to define process sequences which can be used effectively to manufacture solar cell modules, starting with crystal growth and finishing with shipping of the completed module. After establishing the process used, factory support functions (overhead) must be evaluated. In this analysis, each category of overhead is examined with respect to the number of people required, their aggregate incomes (including fringe benefits), and the expenses, depreciation, materials and commissions incurred by these categories. In the sensitivity portion of the analysis, variables examined are annual production volume, cell efficiency, cell size, process type, polycrystalline silicon cost, interest rate, electrical power rate, and duration of each of the four phases in the life of the factory.

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  • Report No.: DOE/JPL/954363-7
  • Grant Number: NA-7-100-954363
  • DOI: 10.2172/5078342 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1054651

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Grenon, L A & Coleman, M G. Phase I of the automated array assembly task of the low cost silicon solar array project. Technical quarterly report No. 6. Motorola report No. 2258/7, report, October 1, 1977; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1054651/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.