Thin Film Processing › Photovoltaics/Solar
ORNL’s rich history of materials research is a strategic strength for investigating solar technology, especially since the efficiency and manufacturing costs of solar cells are closely associated with fundamental material issues. As one of the nation’s leading material research laboratories, ORNL has the capabilities in place and the expertise required to understand how basic material properties such as defects, impurities, and grain boundaries affect the solar cell performance.
In addition to the capabilities at the High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML) and the Center for Nanophase Material Science (CNMS), ORNL recently established the Center for Advanced Thin-film Systems (CATS) which contains a suite of optical and electrical characterization equipment specifically focused on solar cell research. This facility has been lauded by the solar industry due to its unique and diverse solar characterization capabilities situated in one location. ORNL also has unique processing capabilities to optimize the manufacturing process for fabrication of high efficiency and low cost solar cells. The focus of these efforts is to reduce the manufacturing cost of solar cell materials through high volume, continuous processing techniques while maintaining a high level of performance.
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