Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Historically, practical applications of solar cells were of single crystal silicon material (Rauschenbach, 1980). In the mid 1970s, the U.S. Government actively began to subsidize solar cell development and use (Maycock & Stirewalt, 1981). This funding provided a major contribution for expanded research, development, and markets. Consequently, manufacturing and final-product costs have been reduced with a corresponding increase in solar cell efficiency (Merrigan, 1982). The main objective of this study was to analyze literature from photovoltaic cell manufacturers regarding their current production methods, materials, and uses, and to report the findings.

Year of Submission

Spring 1983

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Rex W. Pershing


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Date Original

Spring 1983

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