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About Measurements and Characterization

Graphic of three intersecting circles depicting the M&C modes of support, collaborative R&D, and technique development.

The modes of operation for the M&C group at NREL integrates support, collaborative R&D, and technique development.

The Measurements and Characterization (M&C) division at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Center for Photovoltaics provides characterization support, collaborative research, and the development of new measurement techniques for the advancement of the photovoltaic (PV) generation of energy. The M&C group uses experienced researchers and state-of-the-art capabilities to solve problems in all phases of material and device development. Throughout this site you will see links to our brochures for further information about our capabilities. The result of these efforts is increased understanding that drives improvements in the performance, reliability, price, and manufacturability of PV systems.

We extend an enthusiastic welcome to industry, manufacturing, university, and government enterprises to collaborate with us. We are motivated to share our expertise and knowledge base and to collaborate with you on research, problem-solving, and commercial product development. Our research areas include:

Analytical Microscopy
Device Performance Measurement
Electro-Optical Characterization
Surface Analysis