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1 energy.gov/sunshot The Solar Energy Technologies Office Getting to Ubiquitous Solar Minh Le, Director Solar Energy Technologies Office

2 energy.gov/sunshot SunShot Initiative 5 - 6¢/kwh without subsidy A 75% cost reduction by the end of the decade Price SunShot

3 energy.gov/sunshot If moonshot was a race away from our planet, SunShot, in a way, is a race to save our planet. -Ali Zaidi, Domestic Policy Council

4 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

5 energy.gov/sunshot SunShot Utility Scale Progress Q42013 Sources: Margolis, R., et al. (2012). "SunShot Vision Study." DOE/GO Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, pp Accessed 2013: Goodrich, A; James, T; and Woodhouse, M. “Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Photovoltaic System Prices in the United States: Current Drivers and Cost Reduction Opportunities.” NREL Technical Report No. TP-6A , Available Online at: ; NREL internal (PV system cost) analysis (September 2013).http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pdfs/47927_appendices.pdfwww.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/53347.pdf

6 energy.gov/sunshot PV Module Prices Reaching $.50/W could take until 2030 for Si modules*

7 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

8 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

9 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

10 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

11 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

12 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

13 energy.gov/sunshot MAJOR PROGRESSPRIORITY AREAS SunShot Initiative – Solar Grid Parity by 2020

14 energy.gov/sunshot Erosion of Domestic PV cell and Module Manufacturing 42% 2%

15 energy.gov/sunshot Manufacturing “Abandoning today's ‘commodity’ manufacturing can lock you out of tomorrow's emerging industry.” - Andy Grove, co-founder, former CEO, Intel

16 energy.gov/sunshot PV R&D Tech to Market CSP R&D Systems Integration Balance of Systems The SunShot Portfolio

17 energy.gov/sunshot Concentrating Solar Power Dr. Ranga Pitchumani Focus areas: Solar Field Receiver Thermal fluid/storage Power Block Has led to commercialization of the largest CSP plants in the world

18 energy.gov/sunshot & 2013 CSP Baselines and SunShot Goal Note: assumes no ITC. $2013 converted to $2010 using the “ Chemical Engineering Plant Cost Index.“ 8 ¢/kWh reduction in LCOE (38%) from 2010 to 2013 An additional 7 ¢/kWh (54%) LCOE reduction still necessary to achieve SunShot goals

19 energy.gov/sunshot Photovoltaics R&D Dr. Rebecca Jones-Albertus Focus areas: New types of materials and device approaches that enable higher PV performance, greater reliability and reduced cost Translational research and development to bridge gaps in applied research with those in device and materials development and manufacturing environment Has resulted in US leadership in PV R&D Over 50% of the world record solar cell efficiencies have been supported by DOE funded researchers Supported the technology that is the foundation many companies in the industry such as First Solar, SunPower, Suniva

20 energy.gov/sunshot World Record Cell Efficiencies

21 energy.gov/sunshot Innovations in Manufacturing R&D (Tech to Market) Dr. Lidija Sekaric Focus areas: Competitiveness Analysis Translating technology from the laboratory to the marketplace Manufacturing R&D to enable US companies to compete globally Resulted in tremendous returns on US tax dollars (>$1.7B) Long-Run U.S. Manufacturing Opportunities

22 energy.gov/sunshot SolarMAT: Manufacturing and Supply Chain Technology R&D High Impact Technologies Technologies which provide cost reductions and performance improvements with broad application across the industry Strengthen the domestic PV industry Technologies developed under this program can be adopted directly into current manufacturing processes

23 energy.gov/sunshot Systems Integration R&D Dr. Ranga Pitchumani

24 energy.gov/sunshot Moderate to high precipitation; harsh winter conditions, low DNI Hot, humid, (subtropical conditions); moderate DNI Hot, humid, (subtropical conditions); moderate DNI Hot and arid high DNI. Hot and arid high DNI. High altitude, temperate climate Subtropical; high DNI; high temperatures Field Validation of PV Systems Maybe replace with slide on SEGIS AC

25 energy.gov/sunshot Today’s Power System … Two Way Power Flow Generation-Transmission Distribution System Substation Source: NREL-Coddington modified Alvin R.

26 energy.gov/sunshot Developing technology to better integrate solar with the grid

27 energy.gov/sunshot Today’s Power System … Two Way Power Flow Generation-Transmission Distribution System Substation Source: NREL-Coddington modified Alvin R.

28 energy.gov/sunshot PV System Pathway to SunShot Residential

29 energy.gov/sunshot

30 Unlike physics, where we can fundamentally figure out the upper limit for the efficiency of solar cells, there is no such limit to bureaucracy

31 energy.gov/sunshot Rooftop Solar Challenge

32 energy.gov/sunshot Well, let's say you can shave 10 seconds off of the boot time. Multiply that by five million users and that’s 50 million seconds, every single day. Over a year, that's probably dozens of lifetimes. So if you make it boot ten seconds faster, you've saved a dozen lives. That's really worth it, don't you think?

33 energy.gov/sunshot 22 Rooftop Solar Challenge Teams Cut red tape by 1 week 600 MW installed 40,000 installations 40,000 weeks of red tape = 768 Years of red tape

34 energy.gov/sunshot Minh Le Director Solar Energy Technologies Office SunShot Initiative


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