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Thin-Film Photovoltaics Materials Markets, 2011 and Beyond

Category: Materials Published: Dec 2010 View Contents
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This report provides the latest in our ongoing coverage of the markets for materials for the thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV) space. We are unique in our coverage of the materials used in TFPV and we have been providing insightful analysis in this space for more than four years.

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Much has happened since our report last year. First Solar has established that CdTe can be a cost leader for solar panels. And TFPV, because of its inherent flexibility, seems increasingly well suited to use in building integrated PV one of the fastest growing segments of the PV segment as a whole.

At the same time, the silicon shortage has gone away and with it one of the most persuasive arguments for using a TFPV technology rather than conventional crystalline silicon PV. In addition, the ongoing worldwide financial crisis has dampened the enthusiasms for "green tech" by both consumers and investors.

In the light of all these changes, this report:

  • Offers a clear assessment and quantification as to where the money will be spent on the major materials that go into TFPV in the next eight years.
  • Identifies the materials strategies of the key cell and module players in TFPV, as well as the product/market strategies of the key materials firms supplying into this segment.
  • Includes eight-year forecasts of volumes and revenues for the materials used by the three main thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) technologies; CIGS, thin-film silicon, and CdTe.
  • Provides market analysis of both the absorber and electrode materials, as well the latest materials-related PV developments such as the use of nanocrystalline silicon, PV inks, flexible substrates and advanced antireflection materials and barrier films.

This report provides the latest in our ongoing coverage of the markets for materials for the thin-film photovoltaics space.