Next Generation Solar Photovoltaics ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) – DALLAS, August, 2014– The Solar Photovoltaics (PV) boom and bust has rebooted efforts to commercialize the next generation of materials platforms for solar panels. There has recently been a resurgence of the solar panel industry but many of the surviving firms are Chinese companies making conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) panels. Also surviving is First Solar with its stable and ongoing production of CdTe.
With the solar panel industry now back on track, however, the search is on once more for materials platforms that improve the conversion efficiency of solar panels, both now and in the future. Some of these are close at hand – novel approaches to doping silicon panels are a good example here. Meanwhile, the thin-film PV sector is looking for its next success after CdTe. This could be CIGS, but there are also several other complex materials that are being developed for next generation thin-film solar and which are now beginning to receive serious commercial attention.
We are also seeing the solar industry beginning to think out of the box with a slew of entirely new nanomaterials such as quantum dots, nanowires, nanotubes and graphene. The commercialization of these materials for solar applications lies a few years off. But eventually they will offer radical new ways to boost the performance of the absorber, photoactive and electrode layers in next-generation solar panels.
In this report NanoMarkets develops a roadmap for next-generation solar materials and analyzes their revenue potential over the next eight years. The report includes a granular eight-year forecast of quantities shipped of these materials and revenues generated. The report also examines the commercialization strategies of the suppliers already actively involved in this space as well as the opportunities emerging for start-ups.
Table of Contents
E.1 Key Technology Trends in Solar Panels
E.1.1 Rethinking Cell Structures
E.1.2 New Directions in Absorber and Photoactive Materials
E.1.3 Materials Trends in Solar Panel Electrodes
E.2 Opportunities for Solar Panel Makers
E.2.1 The Start-Up Potential for Next-Generation Solar
E.3 Opportunities for Materials Firms and the Specialty Chemical Industry
E.4 How New Materials Could Expand the Addressable Market for Solar Panels
E.5 Six Firms to Watch
E.6 Summary of Eight-Year Forecast of Next-Generation PV Materials
Chapter One Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.2 Scope and Objectives for this Report
1.3 Methodology for this Report
1.3.1 Forecasting Methodology
1.4 Plan of this Report
Chapter Two Emerging Opportunities in Silicon Photovoltaics
2.1 New Dopants and n-Type Substrates for Crystalline Silicon PV
2.2 Is there Hope for Thin-Film Silicon PV?
2.3 Whatever happened to Nanosilicon for Solar?
2.3.1 Nanocoatings for c-Si
2.3.2 Silicon filaments for light management
2.3.3 Nanocrystalline silicon panels
2.4 Key Suppliers of Nanosilicon and Other New Materials for Silicon PV
2.5 Notable Manufacturing Trends
2.5.1 Diamond Wire for Slicing Panels
2.5.2 Laser Processing
2.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Novel Silicon Materials for PV
2.6.1 Timeframe for New Silicon-based PV Materials
2.7 Key Points Made in this Chapter
Chapter Three Next-Generation Thin-Film PV
3.1 CIGS Resurgent?
3.2 CZTS and its Variants: The New Thin-Film Wonder Material?
3.3 Other New Thin-Film Materials
3.4 Improving CdTe
3.5 Key Suppliers of Novel Thin-Film PV Materials
3.6 Improving Manufacturing Options for Thin-Film PV
3.7 Eight-Year Forecast of Novel Thin-Film Materials for PV
3.8 Key Points Made in this Chapter
Chapter Four OPV and DSC: The Next Generation
4.1 The Future of OPV
4.1.1 OPV Materials Trends
4.2 Perovskites: Next-Generation DSC?
4.3 Key Suppliers of Next-Generation OPV and DSC Materials
4.4 Eight-Year Forecast of Materials for Next-Generation OPV and DSC
4.5 Key Points Made in this Chapter
Chapter Five Nanomaterials for Next Generation PV
5.1 Quantum Dot PV: How Far in the Future?
5.1.1 Promising Materials for QD PV
5.1.2 Key Suppliers of Materials and Panels for QD PV
5.2 Carbon Nanotubes in Next-Generation PV
5.2.1 Absorber and Photoactive Layer
5.2.2 Transparent Conductor
5.3.1 Absorber and Photoactive Layer
5.3.2 Transparent Conductor
5.4 Silver Nanowires/Metal Meshes for Transparent Conductors in Next-Generation PV
5.5 Possible Uses for Semiconductor Nanowires in Next-Generation PV
5.6 Suppliers of Nanomaterials for Next-Generation PV
5.7 Eight-Year Forecast of Nanomaterials for Next-Generation PV
5.8 Key Points Made in this Chapter
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