The PVMC Membership Model

PVMC advisory structure

A Broad Coalition

Companies and organizations from across the solar PV industry supply chain have expressed their commitment to support and participate in PVMC, including federal laboratory, university, and company research partners; PV industry companies including material, equipment, and metrology suppliers as well as module producers and integrators; and utility companies and other end users.

Who Can Join

To promote the integration and collaboration of key players from across the spectrum of the PV industry, PVMC offers several tiers of participation, from full membership in all activities, to program area participation, to participation in selected custom activities:

  • Core Members
    U.S. PV manufacturing and supply chain companies that participate in the full program set and the operations of the consortium, and have access to all common/pre-competitive program results
  • Program and Associate Members
    PV manufacturing and supply chain companies that participate in select cell and module development, tool infrastructure, benchmarking, manufacturing productivity, or other consortium programs
  • Multi-User/Incubation Participants
    Industry partners, start-up companies, national labs, and universities (collectively “users”) that access PVMC facilities as part of a proprietary program or on an individual, fee-for-service basis

International entities will be considered for membership and participation if they provide substantial investments in support of PVMC operations and technology advantages to member programs; have significant manufacturing and/or R&D operations in the U.S. and/or a clear commitment to grow U.S. manufacturing; and commit to fair and reasonable restrictions on IP leaving the U.S. that has been developed within PVMC.

Member Engagement

Depending on their level of engagement, members have the opportunity to participate in the consortium's technical and business decision-making through various levels of advisory groups, drive the direction of program activities and set key milestones, and place their employees on assignment inside PVMC programs. Members also have shared access to world-class facilities, tools, and talent at CNSE's state-of-the-art Albany NanoTech Complex and other partner sites.

Additional Ways to Participate

In addition to formal membership, PVMC offers a number of opportunities to participate in industry-wide events and learn more about PVMC. Please watch for announcements about:

  • CIGS national roadmap and standards organizations
  • PVMC national workshops
  • Conference publications, presentations, panel discussions
  • Joint sessions with other DOE PVMI entities

For more information on membership and participation in PVMC, please contact:
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Industry site visits and/or presentations are available on request.