Are you interested in collaborating with NREL scientists within the PDIL? Do you want to know more about its capabilities? We want to hear from you! To get the ball rolling, please apply by following steps 1 through 4 below.
The Process Development and Integration Laboratory (PDIL) has one-of-a-kind capabilities for fabricating and studying a wide range of solar cell technologies. This unique collaborative facility enables industry and university colleagues to work closely with NREL scientists on integrated equipment to answer pressing questions related to photovoltaics (PV) development. The goal of NREL's PDIL program is to foster transformative innovation in the domestic PV industry that will dramatically reduce solar system costs to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative goals.
To work within the PDIL, follow these steps:
Step 1. Assess and decide which resources you need among the PDIL equipment
Step 2. Submit a completed project proposal, which includes a description of project goals, expected outcomes, scope, schedule, and required resources.
The NCPV Business Development Team will evaluate the proposals based on an established set of criteria. If your proposal is accepted, our collaborative work begins. Issues at this point include access to NREL facilities and how to handle intellectual property.
PDIL research is designed to accelerate the advancement of a diverse set of promising technologies by providing access to advanced equipment to explore new technologies, processing techniques, and device structures. NREL works with a wide range of PV materials—from crystalline silicon to thin films (amorphous, nano- and microcrystalline silicon, copper indium gallium diselenide, cadmium telluride) to organic PV.
Whether you are a scientist wanting to collaborate, a technology manager looking for research options, or a program manager promoting unique capabilities, we are ready to discuss your challenges and to work alongside you within the PDIL.