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Title: 2017 NREL Photovoltaic Reliability Workshop

Abstract

NREL's Photovoltaic (PV) Reliability Workshop (PVRW) brings together PV reliability experts to share information, leading to the improvement of PV module reliability. Such improvement reduces the cost of solar electricity and promotes investor confidence in the technology -- both critical goals for moving PV technologies deeper into the electricity marketplace.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1375689
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-5J00-68942
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 2017 Photovoltaic Reliability Workshop (PVRW), 28 February - 2 March 2017, Lakewood, Colorado
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; PVRW; reliability; solar; PV; photovoltaics; Photovoltaic Reliability Workshop

Citation Formats

Kurtz, Sarah. 2017 NREL Photovoltaic Reliability Workshop. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Kurtz, Sarah. 2017 NREL Photovoltaic Reliability Workshop. United States.
Kurtz, Sarah. 2017. "2017 NREL Photovoltaic Reliability Workshop". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1375689.
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