Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics: Accelerating to Grid Parity
Lost in recent headlines about solar company failures, reduced government support and depressed stock valuations is the fact that photovoltaic (PV) systems continue to be installed at an extremely healthy rate – a ten-fold increase between 2007 and 2012, to a cumulative 100GWp of installations worldwide. The primary factor behind this remarkable growth has been cost reduction at the installed system level afforded by manufacturing and technology improvements to the crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV cell.
In fact in the past 2 years, c-Si module cost learning curves have accelerated over their historical norms as a function of both volume and time, and as a result c-Si PV has reached parity with conventional forms of electricity in 20+ countries worldwide. In this presentation future c-Si technology paths will be reviewed along with market implications, leading to the projection that between 2015 and 2020, c-Si based PV electricity will be cost-effectively delivered to > 95% of the world’s population.
About the presenter:
Mark Pinto developed the first general purpose, multi-dimensional semiconductor device simulator (PISCES) which was the basis of standard industry CAD tools for more than 15 years. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Yale University in the Department of Electrical Engineering and performed research at Bell Laboratories in the silicon research division where he made seminal advances in sub 100nm CMOS and provided contributions in semiconductor device design and computer simulation.
He is a fellow of Bell Laboratories and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Pinto holds dual bachelors of science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. degree and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering both from Stanford University.