The Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Consortium focuses on precompetitive research needs in photovoltaic (PV) module packaging to accelerate a sustainable, just, and equitable transition to zero carbon electricity generation by 2035.
The consortium leverages decades of experience, expertise, and world-class facilities to create a "one-stop-shop" for timely solutions to critical barriers limiting PV module reliability and durability. It offers university and industry researchers the opportunity to work with national lab partners: the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
DuraMAT has become a trusted partner for the U.S. industry and PV research community. Our work is guided by a 15-member Industry Advisory Board which helped to develop DuraMAT's five core objectives and reviews all project calls.
Fiscal Year 2022–2027 Goals
DuraMAT's goals include researching:
- Which PV materials and module designs will enable sustainable, high-energy yield 50-year modules, and how do we ensure that these new modules are not going to fail prematurely?
- What triggers wear out, defined as a rapid increase in degradation at end of life, and what are the characteristics, rates, and mechanisms of long-term degradation in PV modules?
To learn more about DuraMAT's accomplishments, read through our annual reports: