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Title: Editorial: Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 2014

An ever increasing demand on energy has fostered many new generation technologies, which include photovoltaics. In recent years, photovoltaic industry has grown very rapidly. The installed capacity of PV for 2013 was about 37 GW and 2014 sales are expected to be around 45 GW. However, there has been excess production for last several years, which is responsible in part for the low prices (about 60 c/W). To lower the PV energy costs further, a major strategy appears to be going to high efficiency solar cells. This approach is favored (over lower cost/lower efficiency) because cell efficiency has a very large influence on the acceptable manufacturing cost of a PV module. Hence, the PV industry is moving toward developing processes and equipment to manufacture solar cells that can yield efficiencies >20%. Therefore, further research is needed within existing technologies to accomplish these objectives. Likewise, research will continue to seek new materials and devices.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States). National Center for Photovoltaics
  2. New Jersey Inst. of Technology, Newark, NJ (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Publication Date:
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1110-662X
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Photoenergy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 2014; Journal ID: ISSN 1110-662X
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; photovoltaics; materials; devices