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Experience scaling-up manufacturing of emerging photovoltaic technologies

Author: Gerald W Braun; D E Skinner; En-Strat Associates.; DES Associates.; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
Publisher: Golden, Colo. : National Renewable Energy Laboratory, [2007]
Series: NREL/SR, 640-39165.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : English
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald W Braun; D E Skinner; En-Strat Associates.; DES Associates.; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 143941492
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 4, 2008).
"January 2007."
Description: iii, 54 pages : digital, PDF file.
Details: Mode of access: Internet from the NREL web site. Address as of 3/4/08: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy07osti/39165.pdf; current access available via PURL.
Series Title: NREL/SR, 640-39165.
Responsibility: G.W. Braun, En-Strat Associates [and] D.E. Skinner, DES Associates.

Abstract:

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.

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