Can a high-tech silicon photovoltaic (PV) be a cottage industry?

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In this study we investigate an alternate approach aimed at solar photovoltaic (PV) cost reduction by tailoring the technology to the socio-economic culture of the society. Such an approach must stress development of photovoltaic-based cottage industry. As the first step in this direction, we developed cottage-industry based business model aimed at manufacturing of 110 W PV modules in a pilot plan in Terengganu, Malaysia with an estimated capacity of ∼ 1 MW/year. Almost entire equipment and manufacturing processes were developed with process and performance yields comparable to any automated operation. Further work is in progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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  • Silicon photovoltaic

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Can a high-tech silicon photovoltaic (PV) be a cottage industry? / Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Ibrahim, Abdul Latif; Asim, Nilofar; Amin, Nowshad; Zaidi, Saleem H.

In: European Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2008, p. 263-269.

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