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Title: PV Manufacturing R&D Project Status and Accomplishments Under 'In-Line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing' and 'Yield, Durability and Reliability'

Abstract

The PV Manufacturing R&D (PVMR&D) Project conducts cost-shared research and development programs with U.S. PV industry partners. There are currently two active industry partnership activities. 'In-line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing', launched in 2002, supports development of new in-line diagnostics and monitoring with real-time feedback for optimal process control and increased yield in the fabrication of PV modules, systems, and other system components. 'Yield, Durability and Reliability', launched in late 2004, supports enhancement of PV module, system component, and complete system reliability in high-volume manufacturing. A second key undertaking of the PVMR&D Project is the collection and analysis of module production cost-capacity metrics for the U.S. PV industry. In the period from 1992 through 2005, the average module manufacturing cost in 2005 dollars fell 54% (5.7% annualized) to $2.73/Wp, and the capacity increased 18.5-fold (25% annualized) to 251 MW/yr. An experience curve analysis gives progress ratios of 87% and 81%, respectively, for U.S. silicon and thin-film module production.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
944470
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: [Proceedings] 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-4), 7-12 May 2006, Waikoloa, Hawaii; Related Information: For preprint version see NREL/CP-520-39904
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CAPACITY; DOLLARS; ENERGY CONVERSION; FABRICATION; FEEDBACK; MANUFACTURING; METRICS; MONITORING; PROCESS CONTROL; PROCESSING; PRODUCTION; RELIABILITY; SILICON; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics

Citation Formats

Friedman, D J, Mitchell, R L, Keyes, B M, Bower, W I, King, R, and Mazer, J A. PV Manufacturing R&D Project Status and Accomplishments Under 'In-Line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing' and 'Yield, Durability and Reliability'. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279736.
Friedman, D J, Mitchell, R L, Keyes, B M, Bower, W I, King, R, & Mazer, J A. PV Manufacturing R&D Project Status and Accomplishments Under 'In-Line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing' and 'Yield, Durability and Reliability'. United States. doi:10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279736.
Friedman, D J, Mitchell, R L, Keyes, B M, Bower, W I, King, R, and Mazer, J A. Sun . "PV Manufacturing R&D Project Status and Accomplishments Under 'In-Line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing' and 'Yield, Durability and Reliability'". United States. doi:10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279736.
@article{osti_944470,
title = {PV Manufacturing R&D Project Status and Accomplishments Under 'In-Line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing' and 'Yield, Durability and Reliability'},
author = {Friedman, D J and Mitchell, R L and Keyes, B M and Bower, W I and King, R and Mazer, J A},
abstractNote = {The PV Manufacturing R&D (PVMR&D) Project conducts cost-shared research and development programs with U.S. PV industry partners. There are currently two active industry partnership activities. 'In-line Diagnostics and Intelligent Processing', launched in 2002, supports development of new in-line diagnostics and monitoring with real-time feedback for optimal process control and increased yield in the fabrication of PV modules, systems, and other system components. 'Yield, Durability and Reliability', launched in late 2004, supports enhancement of PV module, system component, and complete system reliability in high-volume manufacturing. A second key undertaking of the PVMR&D Project is the collection and analysis of module production cost-capacity metrics for the U.S. PV industry. In the period from 1992 through 2005, the average module manufacturing cost in 2005 dollars fell 54% (5.7% annualized) to $2.73/Wp, and the capacity increased 18.5-fold (25% annualized) to 251 MW/yr. An experience curve analysis gives progress ratios of 87% and 81%, respectively, for U.S. silicon and thin-film module production.},
doi = {10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279736},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {2006},
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