National Center for Photovoltaics

National Center for Photovoltaics

The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at 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.

Research Cell Efficiency Records

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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 Program.

When the NCPV was created in 1996, it drew on the core expertise of the following organizations:

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.


Access the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory staff members' background, areas of expertise, and contact information below. More information about the scientists working on photovoltaic research efforts at NREL is available from the Photovoltaics Research Staff page.

Sarah Kurtz

Greg Wilson

PV Technology Contacts

Materials Applications &

Greg Wilson—Director

High Efficiency Crystalline PV
Dan Friedman

Electro-Optical Characterization
Dean Levi

Cell & Module Characterization
Keith Emery

Reliability & Systems Engineering
John Wohlgemuth, Sarah Kurtz

Materials Science
Nancy Haegel—Director

Materials Physics
Angelo Mascarenhas

Microscopy & Imaging
Mowafak Al-Jassim

Interfacial & Surface Science
Glenn Teeter

Thin Film Material Science & Processing
Phil Parilla

Chemical and Materials Science
Jao van de Lagemaat—Director

Molecular and Catalysis Science
Nathan R. Neale

Electrochemical Engineering and Materials Chemistry
Michael Ulsh

Spectroscopy and Photoscience
Jeffrey Blackburn