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CX-007390: Categorical Exclusion Determination

"Hot Carrier Collection in Thin Film Silicon with Tailored Nanocrystalline/Amorphous Structure
CX(s) Applied: B3.15, A9, B3.6
Date: 12/05/2011
Location(s): Colorado
Offices(s): Golden Field Office

DOE proposes to provide federal funding to the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) to conduct research on the synthesis and testing of nanocrystalline/amorphous, hybrid, thin film silicon. This material has application in photovoltaic cells. The goal would be to commercialize a machine that would meet market and certification requirements, and reduce the cost of energy. The work will take place at several existing facilities: Hill (HH) and Meyer Halls (MH) on the campus of CSM, and laboratories at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), both located in Golden, CO 80401. The project involves design, purchase, and installation of a multi-chamber, plasma-enhanced, chemical vapor deposition cluster tool that would allow growth of hybrid films, training of graduate students, measurements and data analysis, device design, and computational modeling."