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Michael Woodhouse

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Michael Woodhouse is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Solar PV Technologies and Economics Analyst
On staff since 2008
Phone number: 303-384-7623
E-mail: Michael.Woodhouse@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Fundamental science of photovoltaics (PV) and solar hydrogen technologies
  • Economics of PV - From manufacturing to levelized cost of energy (LCOE)

Primary research interests

  • Manufacturing costs, systems-level installation costs and LCOE estimates for PV technologies
  • Capital costs and LCOE estimates for other power generating technologies, including other renewables and also the traditional sources
  • Serve as Associate Editor for The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, for publications within the topical areas of International Energy Economics and Policy.

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in physical chemistry and materials science, Colorado State University with NREL collaboration, 2007
  • B.A. in secondary education, physics and chemistry, University of Wyoming, 1998

Prior work experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NREL. Focused on the construction of solar cells using novel organic-based materials. (2008-2010)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University. Focused on discovery and optimization of new materials for solar hydrogen production. (2002-2007)
  • High school teacher, physics and chemistry. (1998-2002)

Selected publications

Goodrich, A. C.; Powell, D. M.; James, T. L.; Woodhouse, M.; Buonassisi, T. (2013). "Assessing the Drivers of Regional Trends in Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing." Energy and Environmental Science. Vol. 6(10), 1 October 2013; pp. 2811-2821; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-58652. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C3EE40701B

Goodrich, A.; Hacke, P.; Wang, Q.; Sopori, B.; Margolis, R.; James, T.L.; Woodhouse, M. (2013). "A wafer-based monocrystalline silicon photovoltaics road map: Utilizing known technology improvement opportunities for further reductions in manufacturing costs." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 114, July, pp. 110–135. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2013.01.030. Supplemental Information.

Woodhouse, M.; Goodrich, A.; Margolis, R.; James, T.L.; Lokanc, M.; Eggert, R. (2013). "Supply-Chain Dynamics of Tellurium, Indium, and Gallium Within the Context of PV Manufacturing Costs." IEEE Journal Of Photovoltaics, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 833-837. April.

Woodhouse, M.; Goodrich, A.; James, T.; Margolis, R.; Eggert, R.; Albin, D. (2012). "Perspectives on the Pathways for Cadmium Telluride Module Manufacturers to Address Expected Increases in the Price of Tellurium." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 2012. In Press.

Goodrich, A.; Hacke, P.; Wang, Q.; Sopori, B.; Margolis, R.; James, T.; Woodhouse, M. (2012) "A wafer-based monocrystalline silicon photovoltaics roadmap: utilizing known technology improvement opportunities for further reductions in manufacturing costs." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 2012. Accepted.

James, T.; Goodrich, A.; Woodhouse, M.; Margolis, R.; Ong, S. (2011). "Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Residential Sector: An Analysis of Installed Rooftop System Prices." 50 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-53103.

Goodrich, A.; Woodhouse, M.; Hacke, P. (2012). Value Proposition for High Lifetime (p-type) and Thin Silicon Materials in Solar PV Applications: Preprint. 6 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A20-55477.

Goodrich, A.; James, T.; Woodhouse, M. (2012). "Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices in the United States: Current Drivers and Cost-Reduction Opportunities." 64 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-53347.

Woodhouse, M.; Goodrich, A.; James, T.; Margolis, R.; Feldman, D.; Markel, T. (2012). "An Economic Analysis of Photovoltaics versus Traditional Energy Sources: Where are we Now and Where Might we be in the Near Future?" IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference 2011. Seattle, WA.

Goodrich, A.; James, T.; Woodhouse, M. (2011). Solar PV Manufacturing Cost Analysis: U.S. Competitiveness in a Global Industry (Presentation). NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). 45 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A20-53938.

Woodhouse, M.; Goodrich, A.; James, T.; Margolis, R.; Feldman, D.; Markel, T. (2011). Economic Analysis of Photovoltaics versus Traditional Energy Sources: Where are We Now and Where Might We Be in the Near Future? (Presentation). NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). 28 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A20-52311.

Full list of Michael Woodhouse publications (NREL)