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The department of energy (DOE) office of solar energy technologies uses a systems-driven approach to program management. The approach uses market analysis, modeling, and test and evaluation to prioritize research needs and assess progress. For each target market application, a reference system design is developed. Parametric analysis of the reference design is used to identify technology improvement opportunities that will lead to lower levelized cost of energy. Multiple technology pathways, where appropriate, are used to reduce risk. A formal stage-gate management process is used to determine when research activities should be graduated to the next stage or should be terminated due to insufficient progress.