NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Flat Plate Solar Array Project – Bringing Solar Mainstream

 Wednesday, July 11, 2012

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Location:  PV Production and Technology Hall Stage, Moscone North

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Moderator: Eric Romano, Strategic Marketing Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions



In 1975, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) and the Department of Energy (DOE) joined efforts to sponsor and manage one of the most ambitious solar photovoltaics programs to date. Spanning 10 years, the program known as the “Flat-Plate Solar Array (FSA) Project”, aggressively targeted core reliability, quality, and efficiency barriers to move photovoltaics from niche off-grid applications to the mainstream and is considered the foundational work in reliability and engineering sciences for today’s PV industry. Presented by members of the original NASA/JPL FSA program team, this session will focus on how the FSA studies can be applied and adopted to today’s photovoltaic module and system design, manufacturing, testing and certification.


Dr. Ronald G. Ross (Biography)

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

FSA Engineering & Reliability
Development Methods —
Can They be Applied Today (Presentation in pdf)


Dr. Greg Davis (Biography)

 NASA/JPL, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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