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Michael Woodhouse

Researcher IV-Economic/Financial Analysis


Michael Woodhouse is a member of the Washington D.C. office in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Fundamental science of photovoltaics (PV) and solar hydrogen technologies
Economics of PV—from manufacturing to levelized cost of energy (LCOE)

Research Interests

Manufacturing costs, systems-level installation costs, and LCOE estimates for PV technologies
Capital costs and LCOE estimates for other power generating technologies, including other renewables and traditional sources
Serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy for publications within International Energy Economics and Policy topical areas


Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Colorado State University (with NREL collaboration), Fort Collins, CO, 2007
B.A. in Secondary Education—Physics and Chemistry, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 1998

Prior Work Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NREL, Golden, CO (20082010)

Focused on the construction of solar cells using novel organic-based materials

Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (20022007)

Focused on discovery and optimization of new materials for solar hydrogen production

High School Teacher, Physics and Chemistry (19982002)

Featured Publications

Economic Measurements of Polysilicon for the Photovoltaic Industry: Market Competition and Manufacturing CompetitivenessPDF, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2015)

Assessing the Drivers of Regional Trends in Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Science (2013)

A Wafer-Based Monocrystalline Silicon Photovoltaics Road Map: Utilizing Known Technology Improvement Opportunities for Further Reductions in Manufacturing Costs, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (2013)

Supply-Chain Dynamics of Tellurium, Indium, and Gallium Within the Context of PV Manufacturing Costs, IEEE Journal Of Photovoltaics (2013)

Perspectives on the Pathways for Cadmium Telluride Photovoltaic Module Manufacturers to Address Expected Increases in the Price for Tellurium, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (2012)

The Value Proposition for High Lifetime (p-type) and Thin Silicon Materials in Solar PV Applications, IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (2012)

Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices in the United States: Current Drivers and Cost-Reduction OpportunitiesPDF, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Residential Sector: An Analysis of Installed Rooftop System PricesPDF, NREL Technical Report (2011)

An Economic Analysis of Photovoltaics versus Traditional Energy Sources: Where are we Now and Where Might We Be in the Near Future, IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (2011)

Solar PV Manufacturing Cost Analysis: U.S. Competitiveness in a Global IndustryPDF, NREL Technical Presentation (2011)

Economic Analysis of Photovoltaics versus Traditional Energy Sources: Where are We Now and Where Might We Be in the Near FuturePDF, NREL Technical Presentation (2012)

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