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Title: Historical Analysis of Champion Photovoltaic Module Efficiencies

Abstract

Champion photovoltaic (PV) cell and module efficiencies have been reported in Progress in PV since 1993. Following the evolution of these efficiencies enables researchers to track the progress of various technologies. National Renewable Energy Laboratory has maintained a historical chart of the champion cell efficiencies, but has not published a similar chart of champion module efficiencies. Here, we analyze champion module efficiencies and compare them to champion cell efficiencies to better understand technology trends over the last three decades, highlighting that, in some cases, module efficiencies exceed 90% of cell efficiencies. Recommendations are provided on how to change the data collection and reporting for champion efficiencies to increase the value of these records.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Trina Solar, Changzhou (China)
  3. Mantech International, Herndon, VA (United States)
  4. Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (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:
1425730
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5J00-70551
Journal ID: ISSN 2156-3381
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2156-3381
Publisher:
IEEE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; photovoltaic modules, efficiency, photovoltaic devices

Citation Formats

Kurtz, Sarah, Repins, Ingrid, Metzger, Wyatt K., Verlinden, Pierre J., Huang, Susan, Bowden, Stuart, Tappan, Ian, Emery, Keith, Kazmerski, Lawrence L., and Levi, Dean. Historical Analysis of Champion Photovoltaic Module Efficiencies. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2794387.
Kurtz, Sarah, Repins, Ingrid, Metzger, Wyatt K., Verlinden, Pierre J., Huang, Susan, Bowden, Stuart, Tappan, Ian, Emery, Keith, Kazmerski, Lawrence L., & Levi, Dean. Historical Analysis of Champion Photovoltaic Module Efficiencies. United States. doi:10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2794387.
Kurtz, Sarah, Repins, Ingrid, Metzger, Wyatt K., Verlinden, Pierre J., Huang, Susan, Bowden, Stuart, Tappan, Ian, Emery, Keith, Kazmerski, Lawrence L., and Levi, Dean. Wed . "Historical Analysis of Champion Photovoltaic Module Efficiencies". United States. doi:10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2794387.
@article{osti_1425730,
title = {Historical Analysis of Champion Photovoltaic Module Efficiencies},
author = {Kurtz, Sarah and Repins, Ingrid and Metzger, Wyatt K. and Verlinden, Pierre J. and Huang, Susan and Bowden, Stuart and Tappan, Ian and Emery, Keith and Kazmerski, Lawrence L. and Levi, Dean},
abstractNote = {Champion photovoltaic (PV) cell and module efficiencies have been reported in Progress in PV since 1993. Following the evolution of these efficiencies enables researchers to track the progress of various technologies. National Renewable Energy Laboratory has maintained a historical chart of the champion cell efficiencies, but has not published a similar chart of champion module efficiencies. Here, we analyze champion module efficiencies and compare them to champion cell efficiencies to better understand technology trends over the last three decades, highlighting that, in some cases, module efficiencies exceed 90% of cell efficiencies. Recommendations are provided on how to change the data collection and reporting for champion efficiencies to increase the value of these records.},
doi = {10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2794387},
journal = {IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics},
number = 2,
volume = 8,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Feb 14 00:00:00 EST 2018},
month = {Wed Feb 14 00:00:00 EST 2018}
}

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