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 Office.

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