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NREL to Request Proposals for Reducing PV Costs

For more information contact:
George Douglas, (303) 275-4096

Golden, Colo., May 15, 1997 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) invites the photovoltaics and related industries to join its Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) program in looking for ways to improve production processes and reduce the cost of photovoltaic products.

NREL will issue in the next 90 days an $8 million request for proposals for research and development projects that will advance photovoltaic manufacturing technologies, reduce photovoltaic manufacturing costs and improve photovoltaic product performance and reliability. This is the fifth phase in the PVMaT project being conducted for DOE by NREL and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.

Projects in the cost-shared DOE/industry partnership may include, but are not limited to, improving module manufacturing processes; system and system component packaging; system integration; manufacturing and assembly; product manufacturing flexibility; and storage and quality control.

Successful offerers will demonstrate significant cost reductions in the manufacture of systems or components and delivered power or services. Proposals must be from a U.S. organization or a team led by a U.S. organization.

Requests for requirements must reference Synopsis No. 7-375 and must be received by June 15, 1997. The formal request for proposals is expected to be issued within 90 days.


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