DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Alternative Solar Photovoltaic Technologies: Global Markets - Focus on CIGS" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
Alternative solar photovoltaic technologies have become an inseparable part of the solar PV industry. Alternative solar photovoltaic technologies offer the prospects of higher conversion efficiencies, lighter weight, new applications, greater mechanical flexibility, and less fragility.
They also offer the potential for significantly lower production costs that may be highly competitive with grid electricity produced through traditional generative sources such as carbon-based fuels, as well as with other types of more traditional solar PV technologies such as mono- and polycrystalline silicon modules.
Current worldwide sales figures support this trend and suggest that the alternative solar photovoltaic technologies market will grow gradually during the coming years. Alternative solar photovoltaic technologies have until now been most successful in the U.S., Japan, China, and Germany, but are likely to gain popularity across the globe.
Alternative solar photovoltaic technologies are divided into the second generation and third generation solar PV technologies.
Second generation technologies are currently commercially viable and deployed on a relatively wide basis; they compete within the power generation segment, and more narrowly, their nearest competition is with c-Si PV technologies. The most widely utilized technologies are thin-film technologies (non-c-Si), which may be composed of the following:
- Cadmium telluride (CdTe) cells and modules
- Copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS or CIS) cells and modules
- Amorphous silicon (a-Si; non-crystalline) cells and modules
- Gallium-arsenide (GaAs)
Third-generation photovoltaics encompass a diverse set of technologies that range from those that are still in a highly theoretical stage to others that are in the earliest stages of commercial deployment in mostly specialized applications or niche markets. When compared to present adoption rates, the growth in both raw numbers and percentages will be highly impressive in the next five years for third-generation PV, since they are beginning from such a low initial threshold.
However, the overall size of the markets will remain small relative to c-Si and even other technologies in the second-generation PV category as companies continue to deal with the challenges of low conversion efficiencies and very specific environmental operating condition requirements for certain third-generation technologies (such as OPV) to achieve optimal performance.
This market is stable and growing as a result of the gradual expansion of solar PV installations into niche applications like building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV), building applied photovoltaic systems (BAPV), lightweight rooftop, portable electronics, consumer products, aerospace and military, among others, opening newer opportunities for alternative solar photovoltaic technologies.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights
Chapter 3 Market Overview
- History of PV Technologies
- The Photovoltaic Effect
- Silicon and the PV Effect
- First-generation PV Technologies
- Monocrystalline Silicon Technology
- Multi-crystalline Solar Cells
- Overview of Alternative Solar PV Technologies
- Second-generation Photovoltaics
- Third-generation Photovoltaics
- Components of Solar PV Systems
- Balance of System
- Other Costs
- Applications of Solar PV Technologies
- Building-integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
- Advancements in Alternative PV Technology
- Silicon Nanowires
- All-Carbon Solar Cells
- Graphene in Solar Cells
- Plasmonic Nanostructures
Chapter 4 Market Dynamics
- Key Market Growth Drivers
- Rising Energy Demand
- Rising Thrust to Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels for Power Generation
- Tax Incentives and Regulatory Assistance for the Growth of Solar PV Technologies
- Building-integrated Photovoltaic Applications (BIPVs)
- Key Market Growth Restraints
- Higher Module Cost and Limited Efficiency of Alternative PV Modules
- Dominance of c-Si Modules Across All Applications
- Key Market Growth Opportunities
- Application in Niche Areas
Chapter 5 Global Market for Alternative Solar PV Technologies by Type
- Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
- Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) Solar PV Technology
- Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) Solar PV Technology Market Size
- CIGS Solar PV Technology
- CIGS Solar PV Technology Market Size
- Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Solar PV Technology
- Amorphous Silicon Solar PV Technology Market Size
- Other Solar PV Technologies
- Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV)
- Perovskite PV cells
- Other Solar PV Technologies Market Size
Chapter 6 Global Market for CIGS Solar PV Technology by Application
- Off-grid Building Applications
- Grid-tied Applications
- Portable Electronics and Customer Products Applications
- Other Applications of CIGS Solar PV
Chapter 7 Global Market for CIGS Solar PV Technology by Production Method
- Other Production Methods
- CIGS Solar PV Technology Production Methods Market Size
Chapter 8 Global Market for Alternative Solar PV Technologies by Region
Chapter 9 Competitive Landscape
Chapter 10 Company Profiles
- Antec Solar Gmbh
- Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.
- Avancis Gmbh
- First Solar Inc.
- Flisom Ag
- Global Solar Inc.
- Hanergy Thin-Film Power Group Ltd.
- Heliatek Gmbh
- Heliotrop Sas
- Kaneka Corp.
- Manz Ag
- Miasole Hi-Tech Corp.
- Microlink Devices Inc.
- Midsummer Ab
- Moser Baer India Ltd.
- Nanosolar Inc.
- Onyx Solar Energy
- Opvius Gmbh
- Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd.
- Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (Solar Frontier K.K.)
- Siva Power Inc.
- Solar Junction Corp.
- Solarmer Energy Inc.
- Solaronix Sa
- Solarworld Industries Gmbh
- Solibro Gmbh
- Solopower Systems Inc.
- Sunshine Pv Corp.
- Wurth Group
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