Decision making framework for photovoltaic cell technologies using six sigma

Poornima Mazumdar, Harish S. Krishnamoorthy, Ilaval Manickam, Robert Balog, Prasad N. Enjeti

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Abstract

The fast pace of technology and business innovation in the renewable energy sector can make it difficult to thoroughly evaluate competing technologies, often because incontrovertible data is lacking or obscured by speculation, hype, and vaporware claims. Thus an impartial and comprehensive tool is needed to analyze qualitative and subjective parameters. This paper proposes the use of Six Sigma as a quantitative method suitable for evaluating emerging technologies in the solar and other renewable energy markets and will demonstrate how the Six Sigma tools of the Fishbone Diagram, Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and Priority Matrix can be applied to analyze photovoltaic cell technologies. Market data is shown to confirm the results of the Six Sigma analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgram - 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
Pages2449-2454
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 3 Jun 20128 Jun 2012

Other

Other38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period3/6/128/6/12

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Keywords

  • cell technology
  • decision making
  • photovoltaic systems
  • Six sigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Mazumdar, P., Krishnamoorthy, H. S., Manickam, I., Balog, R., & Enjeti, P. N. (2012). Decision making framework for photovoltaic cell technologies using six sigma. In Program - 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012 (pp. 2449-2454). [6318091] https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6318091