The Department of Energy has granted $62.5 million to the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), which is composed of The University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and The University of Central Florida, for industry-focused development. Of the $112.5 million distributed among applicants, the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium has received the most funding.
With the funding, the PVMC will lead an industry driven R&D initiative to catalyze the commercialization of next-generation copper iridium gallium selenide thin film photovoltaics. The University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will establish manufacturing development facilities for such thin technologies, while the University of Central Florida will develop measurement and inspection tools to enable increased energy yield.
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