April 07, 2011

Solar Photovoltaic Energy Projects Funded By DOE

By: by Power-Gen Worldwide


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) picked three solar photovoltaic projects for up to $112.5 million of funding over five years.

The projects were chosen as part of the SunShot Initiative, which aims to reduce the total costs of PV systems by 75 percent. The program is modeled in part on Sematech (Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology), which works to solve manufacturing problems by leveraging resources and sharing risks.

The selected projects are:

* Bay Area PV Consortium (Stanford, Calif.) - $25 million for University-Focused Development to fund research and development to impact high-volume PV manufacturing using a competitive selection process open to all universities.

* SVTC Technologies (San Jose, Calif.) - $25 million for Industry-Focused Development. SVTC will create a fee-for-service PV manufacturing development facility that will enable start-ups, materials suppliers and other PV creators to eliminate a major portion of their up-front capital and operating costs during project development and pilot production.

* U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (Albany, N.Y. and Palm Bay, Fla.) - $62.5 million for Industry-Focused Development. The consortium will coordinate research and development to accelerate the development, manufacturing and commercialization of next-generation copper indium gallium selenide thin-film PV manufacturing technologies.