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Transparent Conductors in Photovoltaics: Market Opportunities 2011

Category: Materials Published: Jan 2011 View Contents
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We view the opportunities for manufacturers of transparent conductor from sales to the PV sector as highly diverse. Each type of transparent conductor oxides, polymers and nanomaterials will have its own roadmap for adoption by PV panel maker. And each type of PV CIGS, CdTe, c-Si, etc., -- will have different requirements for transparent conductors. In this report, we analyze and quantify these differences and identifies how transparent conductor firms with novel products can penetrate, grow, and make money in this market. We also examine the strategies that ITO firms will employ as they put up a fight to retain a share for as long as they can and what the implications of those strategies will be for all concerned.

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As a highly competitive business that is increasingly sensitive to costs, the photovoltaics industry is examining every aspect of its operations; not just the materials it uses, but also the processes in which they are used. As PV manufacturers lean more heavily toward lower temperatures, flexible substrates, and roll-to-roll processing, the market TCOs which once looked so attractive will begin to slow. We then expect that there will be another shift in transparent conductive materials usage, one that will most probably emphasize nanomaterials.

We also include an eight-year forecast of transparent conductor markets for photovoltaics applications, broken out by type of conductor and type of PV. We believe that this report will be essential reading for suppliers and developers of transparent conductors of all types, as well as for executives in thin-film and organic-based PV firms.

We view the opportunities for manufacturers of transparent conductor from sales to the PV sector as highly diverse.