Bottom-Up Cost Analysis of a High Concentration PV Module; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
We present a bottom-up model of III-V multi-junction cells, as well as a high concentration PV (HCPV) module. We calculate $0.65/Wp(DC) manufacturing costs for our model HCPV module design with today’s capabilities, and find that reducing cell costs and increasing module efficiency offer the promising pathways for future cost reductions. Cell costs could be significantly reduced via an increase in manufacturing scale, substrate reuse, and improved manufacturing yields. We also identify several other significant drivers of HCPV module costs, including the Fresnel lens primary optic, module housing, thermal management, and the receiver board. These costs could potentially be lowered by employing innovative module designs.
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- National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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- 14 SOLAR ENERGY; High concentration photovoltaics (HCPV); Cost analysis; $/W; III-V multi-junction cells; Module
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