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Innovations in Crystalline Silicon PV 2013: Markets, Strategies and Leaders in Nine Technology Areas

Times are tough across the crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV supply chain; overcapacity has contributed to crashing prices and negative profit margins, and equipment vendors are challenged to sell new equipment to companies with idled lines. Innovation is one way out of this current mess. Never before has the pressure been so intense to improve every aspect of PV technology, including cell efficiency, materials costs, equipment costs, equipment throughput, installed system costs, and energy delivery in the field.

The potential rate of technological innovation is overwhelming and the impacts on module cost, performance and reliability are difficult to understand or predict. This 262-page report helps readers navigate these factors. In this report, we explore nine topics of innovation within the c-Si PV industry that are distributed evenly between the wafer, cell, and module.

Nine Technology Areas Covered:

1. Quasi-Mono Wafers
2. Diamond Wire Sawing
3. Kerfless Wafers
4. Selective Emitters
5. Reduced-silver Metallization 

6. Dielectric-Passivated Backside Cell Architectures
7. Conductive Adhesives
8. Encapsulant Alternatives to EVA
9. Frameless and Plastic-Framed Module Designs

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The report analyzes the above innovations based on potential impact on manufacturing costs, efficiency and energy yield in the field, module reliability, widespread availability of the technology within the next two years, and level of interest within the global PV industry.

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Companies Analyzed Include: 1366 Technologies • 1Soltech • 3M • Advanced Solar Photonics • Aide Solar • ALD • Ampulse • Amtech Systems • Andersen • Applied Materials • Asahi Diamond Industrial • Asahi Glass • Astronergy • Astrowatt • AU Optronics • BASF • Bekaert • Beneq • Besi • Bosch • BT Imaging • Burkle • BYD • Canadian Solar • Centrosolar • centrotherm photovoltaics • Coherent • Comtec Solar Systems • Conergy • Cookson Performance Materials • Creative Materials • Crystal Solar • CSG PV Tech • Daqo • Day4Energy • Diamond Wire Material Technologies • DIAT • dnpSolar • Dow • Dow Corning • Dupont • ECM Technologies • Epoxy Technology • ET Solar • Eurotron • Eversol • Exypnos • Ferro • Ferrotec • flexcell • Garbo • GCL-Poly • Giga Solar Materials • Gintech • Green Energy Technology • GT Advanced Technologies • GTI • Hanwha SolarOne • Hareon Solar • Henkel • Heraeus • HighFlex Solar • Hitachi Chemical • Honeywell • Hyundai Heavy Industries • IMA Automation • InnoLas • Integrated Photovoltaics • Intevac • Isovoltaic • JA Solar • Jenoptik • Jetion Solar • Jinggong • Jinko Solar • jura-plast • Jusung • JYT Corporation • Komatsu • Komax • Koramic • Kulicke & Soffa • Kuraray • LDK Solar • Levitech • Log-o-matic • Lumos • M.Setek • ManTech • Manz • MEMC • Merck • Meyer Burger • Micron Diamond Wire • Micropen • Mitsubishi Electric • Mitsui Chemicals • Monocrystal • Motech Solar • Nanjing Sanchao • Natcore Technology • NBC • NBSolar • Newport • Nexolon • Nissin • Nordson EFD • Noritake • NorSun • NovoGenio • NPC • Oerlikon • Optomec • Oxford Instruments • Panasonic • Perlight Solar • Picosun • Pillar • PV Crystalox • PVCH • Pyrogenesis • Q-Cells • RA Cell • Rampf • REC Group • Reis Robotics • RENA • Renesola • Rofin • Rongma • Roth & Rau • Rowland Technologies • Sabic • Sacred Solar • Saint-Gobain • SAS • Schlenk • Schmid • Scrypt • Semco Engineering • Shanghai Shenzhou New Energy Development • Shibaura • Shinsung Solar Energy • SiGen • Silicon Energy • Singulus • SiOnyx • SKC • Solaria • Solarzentrum • SoLayTec • Solbian • Solexel • Solon • Solsonica • SoltaBond • Solutia • Sona • Sonotek • Sony Chemicals • Sovello • Stevens Urethane • STR • SunChemical • Suniva • SunPower • Sunrise Global Energy • Suntech Power Holdings • Synova • System Photonics • Tainergy • Talesun • Technic • TetraSun • Tianwei New Energy • Toyo • Trident • Trina Solar • Twin Creeks Technologies • Ulbrich • ULVAC • USI • Utech • Vesuvius • Von Ardenne • Wacker • Woongjin • Xjet • Yasunaga • Yingli Green Energy • Yujing Machine


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Report Author

Andrew Gabor is a Consulting Analyst at GTM Research. He is also Managing Director of Gabor Photovoltaics Consulting, LLC. Prior to consulting, Andrew helped to found 1366 Technologies, where he developed advanced texturing and metallization technologies. He also worked for eleven years at Evergreen Solar developing cell and module technologies for String Ribbon solar cells and designing factories. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and performed his graduate work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he invented the 3-Stage process for forming record-efficiency CIGS solar cells. He resides in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures regularly at Brown University on PV technology.

Report Author

Shyam Mehta is the Lead Upstream Solar Analyst at GTM Research. Before joining GTM Research, Shyam was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research where he covered equities in the alternative energy sector, primarily solar companies. Prior to Goldman, Shyam was a Research Analyst at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, where his work focused on problems within the electricity industry. Shyam received his Bachelor's in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.

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  • Vendor and market penetration analysis for each of the nine c-Si technologies covered
  • Cost-benefit analysis for each c-Si technology
  • Impacts on efficiency and energy yield in the field
  • Impacts of innovations on module reliability
  • Commercial availability of the technology within the next two years

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