SLAC Among Institutions Awarded Millions in Grants from Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium

By Mark Shwartz
May 17, 2012

from Stanford Report

The Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium (BAPVC) – an industry-supported program led by Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley – has announced its first research grants aimed at making utility-scale solar power cost-competitive by the end of the decade.

A total of $7.5 million will be given to 18 research teams at BAPVC partner institutions Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The three-year grants will be used to develop new technologies that significantly reduce the cost of photovoltaic modules and make large-scale solar technology cheaper for electric utilities by 2020.

"Our goal is to develop low-cost solar cells that can go into production within the decade," said John Benner, BAPVC executive director. "We're looking to develop improvements to existing technologies that industry can implement very quickly. That's the beauty of these awards."

Established in April 2011 with a five-year, $25 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the consortium brings together industry and academic experts to identify critical challenges in photovoltaic manufacturing.

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PV System at Nellis Air Force Base
The Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium aims to significantly reduce the installed cost of utility-scale photovoltaic systems, like the 14-megawatt solar plant at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (balloon boy/Wikimedia Commons)