The Future of Photovoltaic Manufacturing in the United States
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Technological innovation and growth are critical to U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. One means of facilitating growth and improving competitiveness is to foster more robust innovation ecosystems through the development of public-private partnerships, industry consortia, and other regional and national economic development initiatives. Public-private partnerships, in particular, catalyze the commercialization of state and national investments in research and development.

One of the major projects of the National Research Council's Board on Science Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) is to examine state and local investment programs designed to attract and grow knowledge-based industries. STEP analyzes state and regional innovation initiatives to gain a better understanding of the challenges associated with the transition of research into products, the practices associated with successful state and regional programs, and their interaction with federal programs and private initiatives. In April and July 2009, STEP convened two meeting to assess the future of the U.S. photovoltaic industry and the practical steps that the federal government and some state and regional governments are taking to develop the capacity to manufacture photovoltaics competitively.

The Future of Photovoltaic Manufacturing in the United States captures the presentations and discussions of these meetings. This report explores the prospects for cooperative R&D efforts, standards, and roadmapping efforts that could accelerate innovation and growth of a U.S. photovoltaics industry. It includes both efforts to strengthen existing industries as well as specific new technology focus areas such as nanotechnology, stem cells, and energy in order to gain an improved understanding of program goals, challenges, and accomplishments.

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  • Industry and Labor — Industrial and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Industry and Labor — Economics
  • Industry and Labor — Policy, Reviews and Evaluations

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288 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-309-14214-4
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Front Matter i-xx
I: OVERVIEW 1-2
Overview: Partnering for Photovoltaics Manufacturing in the United States 3-36
II: PROCEEDINGS--APRIL 23, 2009, SYMPOSIUM: THE FUTURE OF PHOTOVOLTAICS MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES 37-38
Welcome--Charles Wessner 39-40
Introduction--Clark McFadden 41-42
Opening Remarks--John Lushetsky 43-43
Panel I: Opportunities and Challenges Facing PV Manufacturing in the United States 44-58
Panel II: Opportunities and Challenges Facing PV Manufacturing in the United States: Large Companies' Perspective 59-70
Panel III: National and International Consortia: Lessons and Best Practices 71-83
Panel IV: Economics of Photovoltaics in the United States 84-99
Luncheon Remarks: Transforming the Glass City into the Solar City: Toledo's Tradition of Innovation and Entrepreneurship--Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur 100-105
Panel V: Next Generation: The Flex Display Opportunity 106-114
Panel VI: Roundtable Discussion - Key Issues and Next Steps Forward 115-122
III: PROCEEDINGS--JULY 29, 2009, SYMPOSIUM: STATE AND REGIONAL INNOVATION INITIATIVES - PARTNERING FOR PHOTOVOLTAICS MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES 123-124
Welcome--Charles Wessner 125-126
Introduction--Clark McFadden 127-128
Opening Remarks--Senator Mark Udall 129-131
Panel I: Partnering for Photovoltaic Technologies 132-144
Panel II: Advancing Solar Technologies: The Department of Energy 145-160
Panel III: Facilitating Solar Innovation: Contributions from Other Federal Agencies 161-170
Panel IV: Advances in Photovoltaic Manufacturing: Intermediating Institutions 171-193
Panel V: Building a Solar PV Roadmap 194-205
Roundtable: Next Steps for Government-Industry Collaboration in Photovoltaic Technologies 206-214
IV: APPENDIXES 215-216
Appendix A: April 23, 2009, Symposium: The Future of Photovoltaics Manufacturing in the United States: Biographies of Speakers 217-231
Participants List 232-238
Appendix B: July 29, 2009, Symposium: State and Regional Innovation Initiatives - Partnering for Photovoltaics Manufacturing in the United States: Biographies of Speakers 239-255
Participants List 256-260
Appendix C: Bibliography 261-270
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