About the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics

The Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics is a National Science Foundation Industry/ University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). The I/UCRC program was initiated in 1973 and has more than 70 active centers of excellence across the United States and abroad based on best practices in industry/university interaction.  


The research program is formulated through cooperation between the Center's academic and industry partners. The Center focuses on improving the photovoltaics industry as a whole including developing both new and established thin film PVs, keeping in mind performance, cost, availability, environmental impact, manufacturability, throughput, large area devices and low cost.


Research at the Center is driven by industry engagement. The Center's goal is to provide industry members with a fundamental competitive advantage in the photovoltaic (PV) marketplace through the development of next generation solar and photovoltaic technologies suitable for commercial applications.

  • More than 15 researchers within the group with PhD or Post Doctoral Status 

  • Extensive Embedded Commercialization and Technology Transfer Expertise

  • Leveraged Government Support Ratio of 8 to 1

  • Cutting Edge Machinery and Equipment

  • Expansive Industry Partnerships

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