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Cooperative Research and Development Final Report
In accordance with Requirements set forth in Article XI.A(3) of the CRADA document, this document is
the final CRADA report, including a list of Subject Inventions, to be forwarded to the Office of Science
and Technical Information as part of the commitment to the public to demonstrate results of federally
Parties to the Agreement:
Scale-up of CdTe Photovoltaic Device Processes for Commercial
Joint Work Statement Funding Table showing DOE commitment:
Estimated Costs NREL Shared Resources
Year 1 $ 20,000.00
Year 2 $ 00.00
Year 3 $ 00.00
TOTALS $ 20,000.00
Abstract of CRADA work:
Through this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, NREL and PrimeStar Solar will work
together to scale up the NREL CdTe photovoltaic process from the laboratory to produce photovoltaic
devices in a size that is commercially viable. The work in this phase will focus on the transference of
NREL CdTe device fabrication techniques to PrimeStar Solar. NREL and PrimeStar Solar will engage in a
series of technical exchange meetings and laboratory training sessions to transfer the knowledge of
CdTe PV film growth from NREL to PrimeStar Solar. PrimeStar Solar will grow thin films on PrimeStar
Solar equipment and interleave them with NREL-grown films in an effort to develop a commercial scale
process on PrimeStar Solar equipment. Select NREL film growth equipment will be upgraded either by
PrimeStar Solar or at PrimeStar Solar's expense to increase equipment reliability and throughput.
Summary of Research Results:
During year 1, this CRADA consisted largely of providing necessary measurement and characterization
support to the company. This was done primarily through onsite meetings to discuss past work and
mutual development of experiments and characterization needs involving the interleaving of samples
between NREL and PrimeStar facilities. Interleaving was a process by which films deposited at NREL on
glass substrates were subsequently taken to PrimeStar for further film layer depositions as well as vice
versa, films deposited by PrimeStar were subsequently taken to NREL for further film layer depositions.
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