Teresa Barnes3 Margaret Gordon2 Mark Hartney3 David Ginley1

3, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Palo Alto, California, United States
2, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
1, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, United States

The Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Consortium brings together the national lab and university research infrastructure with the photovoltaic (PV) and supply-chain industries. DuraMAT is led by NREL and Sandia, with key collaborators at SLAC and Berkeley Lab. These four labs form the core capability network, with contributions expanding from additional labs in the near future. University research consortia and industry-led collaborations are engaged with the capabilty network on 11 DuraMAT funded projects with more opportunities for engagement in FY18 and FY19.
Our goal is to discover, develop, de-risk, and enable the commercialization of new materials, designs, and accelerated tests for PV modules—with the potential for a levelized cost of electricity of less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour.
DuraMAT is part of the Department of Energy’s Energy Materials Network, which leverages federal funding to facilitate industry's access to the unique scientific and technical resources at DOE's national labs in high-performance computing, synthesis and characterization of new materials, and high-impact experimentation.
We envision doubling the rate at which companies can implement new materials in PV modules by coupling an Energy Materials Network architecture, with PV durability science and state-of-the-art analysis.