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Taking thin-film technology closer to the lowest possible manufacturing cost

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By Hriday Malik, Freelance Writer

It is widely acknowledged that, without government subsidies, solar power still cannot compete effectively with conventional sources of electrical energy. As the industry strives to make solar electricity affordable and as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, solar power technology companies are diligently moving towards reducing the manufacturing cost for solar modules. In the case of thin-film solar cells in particular, as a benchmark, the cost of for solar power must be reduced for it to be competitive or to attain grid parity. This paper presents a number of opinions from industry leaders on how best to decrease this vital cost.

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The seventh edition of Photovoltaics International was published in February 2010. This edition features a wafering focus from REC Wafer and SINTEF on how to improve cell efficiencies. In addition, EPIA provides in-depth analysis of feed-in-tariff schemes in our Market Watch; and in Cell Processing Fraunhofer ISE overcomes challenges in back-side metallization.

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