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Title: Photovoltaics R&D in the United States: Positioning for Our Future; Preprint

This conference paper provides a brief look at the current U.S. research and development (R&D) investments in photovoltaics, covering the spectrum from materials and devices through electronics and systems reliability. The program is balanced among fundamental R&D, technology development, and systems performance and reliability, with more than half the funding for university and industry partners. The major activities can be categorized into two general areas: improving current and near-term technologies toward their expected performance levels (the largest portion), and positioning the United States for technical leadership, decision making, and ownership for the host of next-technology options (including some options that have been called third-generation). The investments in these higher risk, longer-term technology generations provide options that could leapfrog into more rapid use because of their promise of potentially high payoff. Solar electricity is part of America's present and future energy security and independence-as is the R&D that enables it.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
15007055
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-520-32275
TRN: US200413%%104
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 May 2002; Related Information: Prepared for the 29th IEEE PV Specialists Conference, 20-24 May
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO. (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; DECISION MAKING; ELECTRICITY; OWNERSHIP; PERFORMANCE; POSITIONING; RELIABILITY; SECURITY; SOLAR ENERGY PV; RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R& D); TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT; SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY; FUNDAMENTAL MATERIALS AND DEVICE; SOLAR ENERGY - PHOTOVOLTAICS