National Center for Photovoltaics

National Center for Photovoltaics

Research Cell Efficiency Records

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Download the latest chart on record cell efficiencies and check out explanatory notes.

The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach.

To help the U.S. photovoltaic industry maintain a competitive position, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), which is part of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office. Learn more about the inaugural history of the NCPV.

Today, the NCPV activities support the DOE SunShot Initiative. The goal is to make large-scale solar energy systems cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020. The NCPV brings together researchers from across the country, including at NREL, the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Center and the Bay Area PV Consortium.

Sarah Kurtz and Greg Wilson are co-directors of the NCPV.