Global Emerging and Innovative Approaches in Photovoltaics (Crystalline Silicon, CIGS, Organic PV) - 2014 Report

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Dublin, July 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Global Emerging and Innovative Approaches in Photovoltaics (Crystalline Silicon, CIGS, Organic PV) - 2014 Report" report to their offering.

Although photovoltaics (PV) has reached a relatively high level of technological maturity, with many PV products commercially available today, strong efforts are underway to develop new solar cell technologies, to improve the performance of existing ones and to develop new applications for solar cells.

In this report, the PV industry's main technology and market trends are presented, and the suitability of different PV technologies (crystalline silicon, CIGS, organic PV, etc.) for various applications is analyzed - with a focus on existing potential for further innovations.

For most conventional applications, where PV serves solely to generate electricity, it's difficult to compete with continuously improving crystalline silicon technology, which dominates the PV market (>85% market share). Therefore, most developers of alternative PV technologies are focused on other PV functionalities (flexibility, color, low-light performance, indoor light performance, etc.) and on alternative application segments. Moreover, tandem and multijunction hybrid approaches, such as a multijunction solar cell, are also being studied.

The large number of process steps in PV product manufacturing provides great potential for innovative solutions: by avoiding, replacing, improving or adding process steps and materials used, a combination of many small improvements can lead to better performance and lower manufacturing costs.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

2. Scope of the report

3. Executive summary

4. Key messages for a PV innovation developer

5.Insight into some innovative technology approaches

6.PV technology and market 109

7.Overview of PV technologies

8. Overview of PV applications

9. Where is the potential for innovations? 155

10. Diverse strategies to success

11. PV R&D activities and main players

12. Conclusions

Companies Mentioned:

  • 3M
  • AIST
  • Airbus
  • Aixtron
  • Alta Devices
  • Amtech
  • Applied Materials
  • Ascent Solar
  • Astronergy
  • Astrowatt
  • Bandgap Engineering
  • Beneq
  • BerkenEnergy
  • Bloo Solar
  • CEA
  • CSEM
  • Canadian Solar
  • Choshu Industry
  • CrayoNano
  • DRAPER Laboratory
  • ECN
  • EMPA
  • EPFL
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • Encapsulix
  • First Solar
  • Flisom
  • Fraunhofer CSP
  • Fraunhofer ISE
  • GCL
  • Georgia Tech
  • Hanergy
  • Heliatek
  • Helmoltz Zentrum Berlin (HZB)
  • IMRE
  • INES
  • Intevac
  • JAXA
  • JX Crystals
  • Jusung
  • Kaneka
  • Lund University
  • MBraun
  • MIT
  • Merck
  • Meyer Burger
  • MiaSolé
  • NASA
  • NREL
  • NTNU
  • Oxford Photovoltaics
  • PG&E
  • Panasonic
  • REC Silicon
  • REC Solar
  • SMP
  • Samsung
  • Samsung Fine Chemicals
  • SiGen
  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • Silevo
  • Singulus
  • Soitec
  • SolVoltaics
  • Solar Frontier
  • Solaren
  • Solarforce
  • Solarion
  • Solexel
  • SunEdison
  • SunFlake
  • SunPartner Technologies
  • Suniva
  • Sunpower Corporation
  • Terra-Barrier Films
  • Tethers Unlimited
  • Total
  • UCLA
  • Veeco

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