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Flat plate vs. concentrator solar photovoltaic cells - A manufacturing cost analysis
Author and Affiliation:
Granon, L. A.(Motorola, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, United States)
Coleman, M. G.(Motorola, Inc., Semiconductor Group, Phoenix, Ariz., United States)
Abstract: The choice of which photovoltaic system (flat plate or concentrator) to use for utilizing solar cells to generate electricity depends mainly on the cost. A detailed, comparative manufacturing cost analysis of the two types of systems is presented. Several common assumptions, i.e., cell thickness, interest rate, power rate, factory production life, polysilicon cost, and direct labor rate are utilized in this analysis. Process sequences, cost variables, and sensitivity analyses have been studied, and results of the latter show that the most important parameters which determine manufacturing costs are concentration ratio, manufacturing volume, and cell efficiency. The total cost per watt of the flat plate solar cell is $1.45, and that of the concentrator solar cell is $1.85, the higher cost being due to the increased process complexity and material costs.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1980
Document ID:
19810042742
(Acquired Nov 30, 1995)
Accession Number: 81A27146
Subject Category: ECONOMICS AND COST ANALYSIS
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Publication Information: (SEE A81-27076 11-44)
Publisher Information: United States
Meeting Information: Photovoltaic Specialists Conference; 14th; January 7-10, 1980; San Diego, CA
Contract/Grant/Task Num: JPL-954363; JPL-954847
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Motorola, Inc.; Phoenix, AZ, United States
Description: 6p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: CONCENTRATORS; COST ANALYSIS; FLAT PLATES; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; SOLAR CELLS; COST EFFECTIVENESS; COSTS; ECONOMIC FACTORS; MANUFACTURING; POLYCRYSTALS; SILICON
Imprint And Other Notes: In: Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 14th, San Diego, Calif., January 7-10, 1980, Conference Record. (A81-27076 11-44) New York, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 1980, p. 488-493. Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy;
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