PP4.1 Cost Evaluations

Project Coordinator: 
Chief Investigators: 
Nathan Chang; Renate Egan; Anita Ho-Baillie; Martin Green


Photovoltaic technologies are already a competitive option when considering alternative new investments to meet peak day-time demand and are increasingly competitive in a much broader range of applications. We can expect to see new technologies, like those being developed at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) being commercialised and deployed in next generation technologies, as we are seeing now with the manufacturing deployment of passivated emitter rear cell (PERC). As we work towards this, we need to be very aware of the competitive marketplace that we are delivering technologies into. 

The manufacturing costing program aims to deliver a substantiated methodology for assessing module manufacturing costs of different technologies. The objectives are: (i) to quantify the potential of new technologies; (ii) to inform decision-making around research priorities; and (iii) to guide resources to cost ($) and performance (W) opportunities.


The ACAP research program aims to meet these targets through new materials and device developments, described in PP1, 2 and 3. The Manufacturing Issues program (PP4) will provide the framework for comparing the manufacturability and competitiveness of the innovative technologies under investigation within the ACAP group.

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