PPG PV glass grant totals $3M

PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) won $3.1 million from the US Department of Energy to develop solar photovoltaic glass materials and manufacturing processes for CdTe thin film solar cells. The CdTe glass will combine various technologies to reduce costs.

March 1, 2011 – Targeted News Service — PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) received a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), under the $20 million Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP), to develop the materials, coating designs and manufacturing processes necessary to commercialize a new glass for the cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film solar module manufacturing industry.

CdTe is a thin-film coating that has the potential to improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) glass. James McCamy, PPG manager, solar technologies, said the new glass article will combine three new technological innovations into a single product, with the goal of reducing Cadmium Telluride module costs by 17% by 2015. “This could represent a significant step toward grid parity (cost-competitiveness) for solar energy,” he added.

The PPG award will be delivered through the Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies program, which aims to accelerate the development of unique PV products or processes with the aid of related technologies from non-solar companies.

PPG said technology and process development will be coordinated through the Solar Technologies Group at PPG and project partnerships with the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics at Colorado State University and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is located in Tennessee and managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.

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