Senior National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Scientist and US-MAP Director Joseph Berry discusses U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites for Semiconductor 4.0. Learn how NREL, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, the University of Washington, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and the University of Toledo are leading the way in this innovative technology for our Solar Power Future.
The US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites (US-MAP) Consortium seeks to regain U.S. dominance in optoelectronic and photonic manufacturing. The US-MAP Consortium hosts shared R&D, testing, and pilot manufacturing to provide reduced development costs and times for its members and mitigation of technology risk for potential investors.
Shared manufacturing and testing facilities—and, critically, the expertise offered with them—provide members with a cost-effective and rapid means to develop scalable manufacturing methods and test the viability of their products. Members avoid the need for significant duplicative capital investment in equipment, maintain ownership of intellectual property, and access critical expertise required to prove manufacturability and product reliability. Our facilities de-risk key hurdles and provide a bridge over the development and commercialization phase, where emerging companies lack the resources to prototype comprehensive manufacturing capabilities to satisfy potential investors.
Engaging manufacturing equipment and materials suppliers in the value chain through US-MAP's shared facilities provides an opportunity for members to directly and cost-effectively demonstrate the ability of those tools and raw materials to meet their needs, thus mitigating manufacturing scale-up risks to their investors.