New Product Introduction

The New Product Introduction (NPI) effort encompasses three major activities including cost analysis, development, and demonstration of components enabling lower-cost and higher power-output PV arrays.

The NPI program is industry-led and consortium driven to accelerate the research, development, manufacture, field testing, commercialization, and deployment of next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Through our technology development programs, advanced manufacturing development facilities, system demonstrations, and reliability and testing capabilities, PVMC is a proving ground for innovative solar technologies and system designs.

PVMC Prototype Development Facility - Halfmoon,  New York | Regional Test Center - Silliston, Vermont

PVMC has accelerating the speed of innovation by bridging the high-risk, resource-intensive gap between great ideas and new product introduction. Since 2011, PVMC has collaborated with over 75 clean energy companies and though the NPI programs have delivered dozens of new products and technical innovations into the solar marketplace.

PVMC’s Product Development Group is assisting entrepreneurs and existing companies with the development of new innovative products, systems and technologies for the solar industry by helping them to reduce hardware costs, optimize complex systems, apply digital innovation and improve operational efficiency and manufacturability.

The value and success of NPI programs: is based on its collaborative approach, thought leadership, technical depth, solar commercialization and leveraging of the technical infrastructure of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Select past NPI project activities:

  • Developed novel integrated module with partners to accomplish fast inexpensive installation of flexible PV on flat TPO roofs
  • Worked with partner to help develop and troubleshoot unique deposition source technology
  • Built prototype demonstration facility at PVMC Halfmoon to evaluate multiple mounting technologies, and evaluate mounting methods
  • Worked with partners to develop life cycle assessment study of PVMC CIGS process and extended this effort to include manufacturing process input from partner company
Manufacturing Development Facility (MDF) - Halfmoon, New York