Players in lowering the cost of solar panels

If solar is to become competitive with other forms of energy production, we must find ways to reduce the cost of manufacturing it domestically.

I recently read an interesting article on this subject on techcrunch.com. The article explains that the newly formed U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) secured a $57.5 million federal grant from the Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative, along with financial commitments totaling $400 million from various state and corporate entities. The PVMC recently told TechCrunch who its earliest members are, including cleantech businesses more often seen as competitors, not collaborators. The list encompasses raw material suppliers, the makers of metrology, modules and other solar equipment, major universities, and high-tech research and development laboratories. They are focused on thin film, or copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) technology in particular. Here's who has joined so far:

 

Research & Development
· College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)
· SEMATECH
· IBM
· National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
· Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
· University of Central Florida (UCF)
· Benet Labs

Material Suppliers
· Indium
· Saint Gobain
· Momentive
· Mallinckrodt Baker
· Matheson TriGas

CIGS Solar Equipment
· Veeco Instruments
· Technic
· Precision Flow Technologies
· Spire
· Infinity Precision
· Schiller
· Ulvac
· Mustang Solar
· Newport

Metrology
· Solar Metrology
· FEI
· JA Woolam
· PDF

Module Producers & Integrators
· Magnolia Solar
· Global Solar
· Alteris
· EYP/energy
· CG Power
· Amelio Solar
· CH2M Hill
· solo Power

End-users
· National Grid
· New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

 

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