A description of the economic facts and environmental profile that will support a significant market share of CdTe thin film photovoltaic technology.
The sequence from lab development to pilot development of metal-wrap-through technology, including an outlook for industrial production and further efficiency gains.
The economic equilibrium of the solar energy sector has undergone a jarring adjustment over the past year. The frenzy of production capacity additions has abated, as the demand for PV modules has not kept up with the prodigious output from the factories and has suffered due to regional policy perturbations, pushing industrywide inventory into the gigawatts and causing the price of panels to drop precipitously. As solar manufacturers either slow down or stop their factory construction ramps, the strategic focus has shifted across the value chain
Challenges in realizing organic photovoltaics’ potential, and the introduction of specific work in this field.
Why research into novel concepts of photovoltaic energy conversion must continue.
Extreme fluctuations in demand on the PV market challenge both PV system manufacturers and the supplier industry. Who can possibly keep up with the “killer cycles for the plant engineering industry”?
How new materials offering increases in energy density will leverage the remaining fixed cost associated with solar, and how flexible, environmentally robust cells will enable product-level innovation.
A new approach to eliminating module mismatch that also increases energy output.
A specific analysis technique is introduced as a tailored application for determining surface metal contamination levels for PV.
How the PV industry supply chain can responsibly manage sustainable materials flows by a combination of efficient materials extraction, usage, recycling, product design and substitution.
An overview of the current research focuses of laser chemical processing technology at Fraunhofer ISE.
How a specific advanced metrology tool is used to measure the shape of laser-ablated grooves for process optimization.
An investigation of one-dimensional photonic structures using a second luminescent material in upconversion
An overview of trends that will characterize the PV industry in the years to come (by 2020).
120 years at the top. How did we get there? For this many years, DECKER Anlagenbau GmbH has managed to correctly assess technological developments and gear the company toward the current needs of the industry. Today the company builds silicon recycling systems for the photovoltaic industry, and once again has its finger on the pulse of time. Where once iron and steel was cast, now customized units are built for wet chemical surface treatment. The company’s history reads like a journey through the industry’s history
A feasible route to generate high-efficiency honeycomb textures on multicrystalline silicon is presented.
A description of new opportunities as well as a new industry/university research initiative designed to leverage modeling and simulation to achieve advancements in technology to make PV cost competitive.
Why grid parity might indicate the beginning of the golden and long-lasting age of solar PV as a major source of global energy supply, and why it might happen sooner than expected.
A look at the current climate in photovoltaics, as well as the major changes expected to occur as the industry matures.
The PV industry is maturing from the many firms offering novel technologies to a smaller set now marshaling resources to begin or expand manufacturing. This natural consolidation does not mean the market will be less subject to competitive forces. In fact, a reduced number of PV manufacturers allows for easier comparisons of technology, business models and market strategies among the surviving entities.