Experience Scaling Up Manufacturing of Emerging Photovoltaic Technologies

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This report examines two important generic photovoltaic technologies at particularly revealing stages of development, i.e., the stages between R&D and stable commercial production and profitable sales. Based on two historical cases, it attempts to shed light on the difference between: (1) costs and schedules validated by actual manufacturing and market experience, and (2) estimated costs and schedules that rely on technology forecasts and engineering estimates. The amorphous Silicon case also identifies some of the costs that are incurred in meeting specific market requirements, while the Cadmium Telluride case identifies many of the operational challenges involved in transferring R&D results to ... continued below

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Braun, G. W. & Skinner, D. E. January 1, 2007.

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This report examines two important generic photovoltaic technologies at particularly revealing stages of development, i.e., the stages between R&D and stable commercial production and profitable sales. Based on two historical cases, it attempts to shed light on the difference between: (1) costs and schedules validated by actual manufacturing and market experience, and (2) estimated costs and schedules that rely on technology forecasts and engineering estimates. The amorphous Silicon case also identifies some of the costs that are incurred in meeting specific market requirements, while the Cadmium Telluride case identifies many of the operational challenges involved in transferring R&D results to production. The transition between R&D and commercial success takes a great deal of time and money for emerging energy conversion technologies in general. The experience reported here can be instructive to those managing comparable efforts, and to their investors. It can also be instructive to R&D managers responsible for positioning such new technologies for commercial success.

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  • Related Information: Work performed by En-Strat Associates, Darnestown, Maryland, and DES Associates, Warrington, Pennsylvania

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  • Report No.: NREL/SR-640-39165
  • Grant Number: AC36-99-GO10337
  • DOI: 10.2172/899800 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 899800
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc877442

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Braun, G. W. & Skinner, D. E. Experience Scaling Up Manufacturing of Emerging Photovoltaic Technologies, report, January 1, 2007; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc877442/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.