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Author Braun, Gerald W.

Title Experience scaling-up manufacturing of emerging photovoltaic technologies [electronic resource] / G.W. Braun, En-Strat Associates [and] D.E. Skinner, DES Associates.

Imprint Golden, Colo. : National Renewable Energy Laboratory, [2007]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  E 9.18:NREL/SR-640-39165    ---  Available
Description iii, 54 p. : digital, PDF file
Series NREL/SR ; 640-39165
System Details Mode of access via the NREL web site.
Note Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 4, 2008).
"January 2007."
Summary This report examines two important generic photovoltaic technologies at particularly revealing stages of development, i.e., the stages between R&D and stable commercial production and profitable sales. Based on two historical cases, it attempts to shed light on the difference between: 1) costs and schedules validated by actual manufacturing and market experience, and 2) estimated costs and schedules that rely on technology forecasts and engineering estimates. The amorphous Silicon case also identifies some of the costs that are incurred in meeting specific market requirements, while the Cadmium Telluride case identifies many of the operational challenges involved in transferring R&D results to production. The transition between R&D and commercial success takes a great deal of time and money for emerging energy conversion technologies in general. The experience reported here can be instructive to those managing comparable efforts, and to their investors. It can also be instructive to R&D managers responsible for positioning such new technologies for commercial success.
Form Full text available via Internet in .pdf format. Adobe Acrobat Reader required.
Subject Solar cells.
Photovoltaic cells -- Research.
Manufacturing processes -- Costs.
Technology transfer.
Thin films.
Added Author Skinner, D. E.
En-Strat Associates.
DES Associates.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
Added Title Experience scaling up manufacturing of emerging photovoltaic technologies
Gpo Item No. 0430-P-05 (online)
Sudoc No. E 9.18:NREL/SR-640-39165

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