The New York-based US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) has formed a partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to improve manufacturing processes for thin film CIGS PV cells and modules.
Areas the two parties will research include products, metrology and reliability that could be applied to the next generation of PV systems.
Pradeep Haldar, PVMC’s Chief Operating, Technology Officer and CNSE’s Vice President for Clean Energy Programs, said: “In support of [New York] Governor Andrew Cuomo’s innovative green energy strategy that is fuelling New York’s emergence as a leader in the clean-tech industry, PVMC is delighted to partner with NREL to help drive important advances in our nation’s solar future.”
Joe Hudgins, PVMC’s Senior Vice President, said: “This unique partnership between NREL and PVMC will leverage national resources, accelerate commercialisation of next generation solar products, and boost interactions between US research labs and industry manufacturing initiatives.”
The programme is aimed at developing a strong technological basis for the US solar industry and the companies plan to expand their collaborative model to other laboratories in the US.
PVMC’s target is to reduce the installation cost of solar energy systems by 75% over the next decade.
NREL, a member of PVMC’s US Thin-Films PV Roadmap is working in collaboration with other participants to plan a compatible programme for the national CIGS industry.