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 ... continued below

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Zweibel, K. November 19, 1998.

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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.

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  • Technology's Critical Role in Energy & Environmental Markets Conference, Albuquerque, NM (US), 10/18/1998--10/21/1998; Other Information: Supercedes report DE00012220; PBD: 19 Nov 1998

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  • Report No.: NREL/CP-520-25262
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Zweibel, K. Thin Film Photovoltaics, article, November 19, 1998; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc627288/: accessed August 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.