First off and in April at Brookhaven Lab hosted a two-day workshop In Long Island, NY. A workshop bringing together Lab researchers and members of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). All to discuss new approaches for advancing solar manufacturing in the U.S. Therefore, PVMC is a partnership between The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University of Albany and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology or SEMATECH. Thereby an association of member companies cooperating on research. So they are focusing on key areas of semiconductor technology. That’s with a strong focus on thin-film photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing.
Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected and funded PVMC. PVMC to develop high-throughput manufacturing of thin-film photovoltaics. So it’s cause a key motivation for establishing PVMC. This is the solar manufacturing industry needing to be in the United States. Especially to develop domestic, low-cost, high-volume PV manufacturing. That’s to remain competitive in the global solar marketplace.
Dignitaries attending were such as Sustainable Energy Technologies Department Chair Pat Looney, along with Department scientists Matt Eisaman and Alessandra Colli. All working with PVMC to organize and host the workshop.
So the solar manufacturing industry in the United States is needing to develop domestic, low-cost, high-volume PV manufacturing. Therefore this will help them to remain competitive in the global solar marketplace.
New York State has made significant investments in PVMC, including the donation of pilot assembly lines for thin film manufacturing. Brookhaven will contribute its capabilities in materials science and engineering science to this effort.