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Electricity from photovoltaic solar cells: Flat-Plate Solar Array Project final report. Volume VIII: Project analysis and integration

McGuire, P. and Henry, P. (1986) Electricity from photovoltaic solar cells: Flat-Plate Solar Array Project final report. Volume VIII: Project analysis and integration. JPL Publication, 86-31, volume VIII. NASA , Springfield, VA.

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The Flat-Plate Solar Array (FSA) Project, funded by the U.S. Government and managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was formed in 1975 to develop the module/array technology needed to attain widespread terrestrial use of photovoltaics by 1985. To accomplish this, the FSA Project established and managed an Industry, University, and Federal Government Team to perform the needed research and development (R&D). PA&1 performed planning and integration activities to support management of the various FSA Project R&D activities. Technical and economic goals were established by PA&I for each R&D task within the Project to coordinate the thrust toward the National Photovoltaics Program goals. A sophisticated computer modeling capability was developed to assess technical progress toward meeting the economic goals. These models included a manufacturing facility simulation [Solar Array Manufacturing Industry Costing Standards (SAMICS)], a photovoltaic power station simulation [Lifetime Cost and Performance (LCP)] and a decision aid model incorporating uncertainty [SIMulation of Research ANd Development Projects (SIMRAND)]. This family of analysis tools was used to track the progress of the technology and to explore the effects of alternative technical paths. Numerous studies conducted by PA&I signaled the achievement of milestones or were the foundation of major FSA Project and National Program decisions. This document summarizes the most important PA&I activities during the Project's history. It discusses the PA&I planning function and how it related to Project direction and reviews important analytical models developed by PA&I for its analytical and assessment activities. The document summarizes major studies completed during the term of the Project and provides considerable insight into the role played by PA&I in supporting Project management.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Technical Report)
Additional Information:5101-289 Flat-Plate Solar Array Project DOE/JPL-1012-125 Distribution Category UC-63b The following Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) staff members have contributed significantly to the Project Analysis and Integration (PA&I) activity: P. McGuire (Area Manager), W. Callaghan, P. Henry, and H. Macomber (former Area Managers), B. Jackson, R. Chamberlain, R. Aster, R. Daniel, C. Borden, and R. Miles. Former JPL staff members who contributed to the early PA&I efforts include: P. Firnett, and J. Doane. The contribution of M. Alper, who conceived the idea of an independent PA&I activity, also is gratefully acknowledged. This document reports on work done under NASA Task RE-152, Amendment 419, DOE/NASA IAA No. DE-Ai 01-85CE89008 Prepared by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, for the U.S. Department of Energy through an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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