As part of the Energy Materials Network (EMN), the Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Consortium brings together the national lab and university research infrastructure with the photovoltaic (PV) and supply-chain industries. (See our partners and leadership) DuraMAT's goal is to discover, develop, de-risk, and enable the commercialization of new materials and designs for PV modules—with the potential for a levelized cost of electricity of less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour.
We envision doubling the rate at which companies can implement new materials in PV modules by coupling an EMN architecture, as described above, with PV durability science and state-of-the-art analysis.
Accelerating advanced materials development—from discovery through deployment—has the potential to revolutionize whole industries and is critical for the United States to compete globally in manufacturing in the 21st century. However, today only a small fraction of materials innovations make it to widespread commercialization.
The goal of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Energy Materials Network (EMN) is to dramatically decrease the time to market for advanced materials that are critical to manufacturing many clean-energy technologies—enabling manufacturers of all sizes to develop and deliver innovative, made-in-America products to the world market.
Through targeted, national lab-led consortia, EMN will leverage millions of dollars in 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. Each EMN consortium brings together national labs, industry, and academia to focus on specific classes of materials aligned with industry's most pressing challenges related to materials for clean-energy technologies. Together, the EMN consortia form a network of advanced materials research and development capabilities and resources that supports the nation commitment to revitalize American manufacturing and maintain a competitive edge in the clean-energy economy.