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8 July 2013

PVMC releases first US roadmap for CIGS

The US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) - an industry-led collaboration headquartered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany, NY - has released the first US CIGS (copper indium gallium diselenide) PV Roadmap reports.

“Photovoltaics and especially thin-film PV are again at a tipping point,” says Larry Kazmerski, co-chair of the US CIGS PV Roadmap. “We want PV to be a substantial part of the world’s energy portfolio and our efforts with this roadmap are aimed to help make CIGS thin films a significant part of that solar success,” he adds.

“In building on the innovation strategy of Governor Andrew Cuomo that is establishing New York as a hub for solar energy technologies and companies, we engaged over 75 partner firms and 100 industry experts to develop a 10-year projection in the first-ever US CIGS PV roadmap,” says Dr Pradeep Haldar, PVMC’s chief operating & technology officer and CNSE’s VP for Clean Energy Programs. “This blueprint identifies the critical challenges for CIGS PV manufacturing, applications for sustainable innovation, and technical developments that will serve our members and stakeholders, and enable a competitive US solar industry amid the global marketplace.”

Spearheaded by SUNY’s CNSE and SEMATECH (the international research consortium of semiconductor device, equipment, and materials manufacturers) as part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative, PVMC is an industry-led consortium for cooperative R&D among industry, university and government partners to accelerate the development, commercialization and manufacturing of next-generation solar PV systems. Through its programs and advanced manufacturing development facilities, PVMC is a proving ground for innovative solar technologies and manufacturing processes. Specifivcally, PVMC is targeting a reduction in the total installed cost of solar energy systems by 75% over the next decade. The CIGS PV Roadmap aims to provide a congruent plan for the national CIGS industry, including module and systems manufacturers, suppliers and end-users, that will identify common challenges and define the areas of technical developments needed to sustain and advance a competitive US photovoltaic industry.

The annual roadmap ‘2013 US CIGS PV Roadmap Reports’ identifies the technology challenges to attain projected module cost and performance targets over the next 10 years. The various reports, based on the latest industry analysis, advance the effort for achieving the SunShot initiative target.

The roadmap addresses six focus areas relevant to the entire industry, including roll-to-roll, rigid glass, metrology, modules and packaging, substrates and materials, and reliability/certification/test. Each section outlines the current status and critical challenges for each technology, discusses the role of industry standards for CIGS, and potential areas of innovation for the pre-competitive domain.

As the primary sponsor of the effort, PVMC provides the resources for managing and coordinating the roadmap activities. Members of the CIGS PV Roadmap represent all areas of the PV industry, including module producers and integrators, equipment suppliers, materials and metrology tools, end-users, and the research community.

On 11 July, during the Third Annual US CIGS PV Roadmap Public Forum held during Intersolar North America 2013 in San Francisco, roadmap working group leaders will present summaries of these reports and announce plans for a revised 2014 roadmap.  The Forum, sponsored by PVMC and hosted by industry association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), will encourage public debate and invite new members to join the various teams to develop the next assortment of reports.




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