Current status and future prospects for the PVMaT project

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The goals of the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology project (PVMaT) are to help the US PV industry improve photovoltaic manufacturing processes and equipment; accelerate manufacturing cost reductions for PV modules, balance-of-systems components, and integrated systems; increase commercial product performance and reliability; and enhance the investment opportunities for substantial scale-ups of US-based PV manufacturing plant capacities. PVMaT is in its ninth year of implementation, and subcontracts have been completed from four solicitations for R and D on manufacturing process problems. They are in the second year of subcontracts for a fifth PVMaT solicitation. Based on the latest (1998) data from ten PVMaT ... continued below

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Witt, C.E.; Mitchell, R.L.; Symko-Davies, M.; Thomas, H.P.; King, R. & Ruby, D.S. February 9, 2000.

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The goals of the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology project (PVMaT) are to help the US PV industry improve photovoltaic manufacturing processes and equipment; accelerate manufacturing cost reductions for PV modules, balance-of-systems components, and integrated systems; increase commercial product performance and reliability; and enhance the investment opportunities for substantial scale-ups of US-based PV manufacturing plant capacities. PVMaT is in its ninth year of implementation, and subcontracts have been completed from four solicitations for R and D on manufacturing process problems. They are in the second year of subcontracts for a fifth PVMaT solicitation. Based on the latest (1998) data from ten PVMaT industrial participants, the average direct manufacturing cost for these producers has been reduced by 29%--from $4.08 to $2.91 per peak watt since 1992--and there has also been a more than five-fold increase in manufacturing capacity-from 13.1 to 73.3 megawatts. The authors believe that continuing R and D on manufacturing processes contributes significantly to expeditious reductions in PV manufacturing costs, and they identify areas for future R and D.

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  • 11th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference, Sapporo (JP), 09/20/1999--09/24/1999

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  • Report No.: NREL/CP--520-26922
  • Grant Number: AC36-99GO10337
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 752517
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc703175

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Witt, C.E.; Mitchell, R.L.; Symko-Davies, M.; Thomas, H.P.; King, R. & Ruby, D.S. Current status and future prospects for the PVMaT project, article, February 9, 2000; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc703175/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.