Cadmium Telluride Accelerator Consortium Goals To Scale back Prices, Pace Deployment of Low-Carbon Skinny-Movie Photo voltaic Applied sciences

This week, U.S. Division of Vitality (DOE) introduced a brand new three-year consortium meant to speed up the event of cadmium telluride (CdTe) applied sciences by decreasing the fee and rising the effectivity of the thin-film photo voltaic cells.

CdTe is the second most typical photovoltaic (PV) know-how on this planet, after silicon. The skinny-film know-how has achieved a file 22.1% cell effectivity in changing daylight into electrical energy and could be manufactured at prices which might be aggressive with silicon photo voltaic panels. Commercially produced CdTe panels even have the bottom carbon and water footprints and the quickest vitality payback occasions of panels out there right now.

The CdTe Accelerator Consortium (CTAC) will work to allow cell efficiencies above 24% by 2025 and above 26% by 2030, whereas steadily decreasing the per-watt price of producing.

The 22.1% file effectivity was achieved by First Photo voltaic in 2016. First Photo voltaic reported a mean industrial module effectivity of roughly 18% on the finish of 2020.

“CTAC will work to reinforce U.S. know-how management and competitiveness in CdTe PV and convey collectively main organizations to affect the whole home CdTe provide chain,” mentioned Nancy Haegel, director of the Nationwide Renewable Vitality Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Supplies Science Heart. “Analysis, manufacturing, and deployment of CdTe PV know-how is a U.S. success story. CTAC funding and innovation will encourage future development.”

CTAC can be led by the College of ToledoFirst Photo voltaicColorado State CollegeToledo Photo voltaic Inc., and Sivananthan Laboratories.

The consortium management was chosen by a aggressive solicitation launched by NREL final yr. The solicitation was for a CdTe know-how growth consortium that might broaden home CdTe PV materials and module manufacturing, assist the home CdTe provide chain, and improve U.S. competitiveness.

NREL will oversee the consortium, appearing as a useful resource, assist, and technical evaluation heart. The laboratory additionally will assist CTAC in launching further analysis efforts to satisfy targets set by the consortium’s know-how street map.

A mixed $20 million goes to assist CdTe analysis, with $17 million going towards the consortium. The funding is offered by DOE’s Photo voltaic Vitality Applied sciences Workplace, which works to decrease prices, enhance efficiency, and velocity the deployment of photo voltaic vitality applied sciences. Investing in photo voltaic know-how is vital to reaching DOE’s targets of slicing the price of photo voltaic vitality by 60% throughout the subsequent 10 years, enhancing efficiency, and paving the best way for a clear vitality future.

Study extra in regards to the CdTe Accelerator Consortium.


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