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  • Main Title Progress update on the US photovoltaic manufacturing technology project


  • Author: Mitchell, R.L.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Witt, C.E.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Thomas, H.P.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
    Place of Publication: Golden, Colorado
    Additional Info: National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)


  • Creation: 1997-10-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) project is helping the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) industry extend its world leadership role in manufacturing and stimulate the commercial development of PV modules and systems. Initiated in 1990, PVMaT is being carried out in several directed and staggered phases to support industry`s continued progress. Thirteen subcontracts awarded in FY 1996 under Phase 4A emphasize improvement and cost reduction in the manufacture of full-system PV products. Areas of work in Phase 4A included, but were not limited to, issues such as improving module-manufacturing processes; system and system-component packaging, integration, manufacturing, and assembly; product manufacturing flexibility; and balance-of-system development with the goal of product manufacturing improvements. These Phase 4A, product-driven manufacturing research and development (R&D) activities are now completing their second phase. Progress under these Phase 4A and remaining Phase 2B subc ontracts from the earlier PVMaT solicitation are summarized in this paper. Evaluations of the success of this project have been carried out in FY 1995 and late FY 1996. This paper examines the 1997 cost/capacity data that have been collected from active PVMaT manufacturers.
  • Physical Description: 6 pages


  • Keyword: Manufacturing
  • STI Subject Categories: 14 Solar Energy
  • Keyword: Manufacturers
  • Keyword: Flexibility
  • Keyword: Packaging


  • Conference: 26. IEEE photovoltaic specialists conference, Anaheim, CA (US), 09/29/1997--10/03/1997; Other Information: Supercedes report DE98000380; PBD: Oct 1997


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE98000380
  • Report No.: NREL/CP--520-22962
  • Report No.: CONF-970953--
  • Report No.: ON: DE98000380
  • Grant Number: AC36-83CH10093
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 538057
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc695621


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE98000380