U.S. Department of Energy

Reducing Photovoltaic Costs

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Past Incubator awardee, Innovalight, is creating high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells and modules by ink-jet printing their proprietary "silicon ink" onto thin-crystalline silicon wafers. This contactless process significantly reduces both the manufacturing costs and the complexity required to make very high efficiency cells and modules. Photo from Innovalight

The development of more efficient, affordable photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies are crucial to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, and making solar cost-competitive with other sources of energy.

DOE is fueling innovative solar technology solutions with focused project funding and partnerships with national laboratories, universities, and industry.

Below are the projects DOE is funding to fuel innovation and reduce the costs of solar technology.

The SunShot Initiative is also targeting ways to reduce grid integration costs and accelerate solar deployment across the nation.