10 Strategic / Technical Objectives

  • Manufacturing Development Facilities
    • Provide immediate access to small-scale thin film CIGS pilot line
    • Provide members and users access to advanced 10MW Manufacturing Development Facility
  • National Roadmap and Standards
  • Manufacturing Productivity and Scale-up Programs
  • Cell / Module Structures, Process, and Equipment Optimization
  • Manufacturing Processes and Metrology Programs
  • Training and Workforce Development Programs
  • Reliability Enhancement
  • In-line and Off-line Metrology, and New c-Si Wafering Methodologies
    • Develop and demonstrate new metrology technologies
    • Establish new c-Si feedstock and wafering development programs
  • Balance of System Programs
    • BIPV development
    • Field test and demonstration of advanced PV systems
  • PV Commercialization Support Structure
    • Support transfer of PVMC technologies into manufacturing
    • Provide incubation, start-up, and transition support to U.S. industry

PVMC's Objectives

PVMC's expected contribution to these overall goals is defined by a set of high-level strategic objectives:

  • Coordinating the agenda of the U.S. PV manufacturing industry by developing and disseminating technology roadmaps and standards
  • Establishing and optimizing manufacturing development and product demonstration facilities to support technology transfer and product application development
  • Improving PV manufacturing integration processes and productivity and assuring a vertically integrated supply chain
  • Linking research labs, universities, and industry to establish an effective PV commercialization support structure
  • Developing a highly trained PV workforce

Each of these strategic goals is supported by aggressive technical objectives, with detailed deliverables, metrics and milestones.

PVMC Strategies

PVMC's goal is to increase the performance and speed the implementation of PV technologies beginning with advanced next generation thin film technologies (such as copper indium gallium selenide – CIGS) and crystalline silicon while improving manufacturing processes, enhancing integration, strengthening market competitiveness, and driving down cost-to-end customers. Key components of PVMC include:

  • Roadmaps and standards to align and streamline industry research, development, manufacturing, and deployment
  • Collaborative Technology Development and Deployment Programs to deploy shared best practices, and speed development and scale-up of novel materials, methodologies, metrology, processes, equipment, facilities, and products that address common, infrastructure needs in advanced technology, manufacturing and system integration
  • Advanced Manufacturing Development Facilities to establish and deploy shared best practices, and speed development and scale-up of novel materials, methodologies, metrology, processes, equipment, facilities, and products
  • Optimized Support to the Industry through demonstrations, field testing and reliability, balance of system, building integration, technology commercialization, and workforce development

With leadership from SEMATECH and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and in collaboration with the University of Central Florida (UCF), with participation from companies and organizations from throughout the entire solar community supply chain, and with support from state, federal, and industry funding, PVMC is well positioned to provide significant, positive and sustainable impact on the growth of the U.S. PV industry.