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NREL works to advance the state of the art across the full spectrum of photovoltaic (PV) research and development for diverse applications.

Our cutting-edge research focuses on boosting solar cell conversion efficiencies; lowering the cost of solar cells, modules, and systems; and improving the reliability of PV components and systems.

NREL's photovoltaic research is supported by the National Center for Photovoltaics.

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Research Cell and Champion Module Efficiency Records

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Nancy Haegel

Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics


Mary Werner

NREL Solar Program Manager


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