Sensitivity analysis of materials availability for terawatt PV deployment

April Jeffries, Stuart Bowden, Christiana Honsberg, Mariana Bertoni

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


The road map for cost competitive large-scale PV deployment is ever changing and with PV grade poly silicon prices averaging 16 U$D/kg and companies focusing on using less materials the cost effectiveness of readily available materials for solar cell applications should be revisited. In this work we analyze to which extent the extraction cost of the absorber layer material plays a role in the overall cost of generating electricity, taking into account the potential for light trapping and the non-power producing component costs. Our calculations show that nearly all presently used materials have fundamental cost and availability potential which are well below a level at which material availability is a dominant consideration. Instead, constraints on parameters such as the amount of copper for wiring or substrate material for module fabrication become dominant issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
StatePublished - 2013
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 21 2013

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Other39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTampa, FL


  • BOS
  • Balance of systems
  • Cost analysis
  • Earth abundant materials
  • Materials availability
  • PV deployment
  • Solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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