IDTechEx has just launched a comprehensive report that gives a thorough
analysis of printed and thin film photovoltaics and batteries - covering the
technologies, markets and players.
The report covers companies, research institutes and universities that are
active in developing and commercializing thin film and printed technologies
for photovoltaics and batteries. Photovoltaic technologies covered include
CIGS, CdTe, DSSC, a-Si and organic photovoltaics. Each of them is at a
different stage of development and adoption and they are all driven forward
by both government incentives in different countries around the world and
leading companies in the field.
The report also describes materials (both organic and inorganic) and device
structures for thin batteries and photovoltaics as well as various
high-speed printing technologies that can be employed for their manufacture.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES EMERGING
Silicon solar cells are seen in many places and represent approximately 95%
of current photovoltaic implementations but the technology is limited.
Crystalline silicon will never give tightly rollable devices let alone
transparent ones or even low cost power generation on flexible substrates.
Fortunately there are many new alternatives. Proprietary nano-particle
silicon printing processes are developed by companies such as Innovalight
and they could deliver many of the photovoltaic features that conventional
silicon can never achieve (e.g. They can be printed reel to reel on
stainless steel or other high temperature substrates).
TECHNOLOGIES BEYOND SILICON
A lot of the work on the next generation of photovoltaics is directed at
printing onto low cost flexible polymer film and ultimately on common
packaging materials. The main contenders are currently:
Several companies, universities and research institutes are hard at work in
different development stages of these technologies with large scale plants
being built across the globe. We profile 57 such organizations in this
PRINTING TECHNIQUES: ADOPTION AND COMMERCIALIZATION
Along with other manufacturing techniques, printing (or printing-like)
technologies are gradually being adopted (Nanosolar, G24 Innovations in the
PV sector, Power Paper, Solicore and Thin Battery technology in the
batteries sector), as they can be considered to be some of the fastest,
least expensive and highest volume manufacturing techniques. With printed
electronics becoming more prevalent, there is an increasing need for power
to supply them; printing is amenable to a large number of different types of
devices with the possibility of integration (e.g. to provide onboard power
The scope of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of
innovative technologies and a list of key companies that are active in each
of the thin film photovoltaics and batteries field. Compiled and analyzed by
Dr Harry Zervos, technology analyst with IDTechEx, company profiles are
given along with 20 year forecasts for the growth of the market share of
these technologies. Dr Bruce Kahn, consultant and academic, gives a thorough
analysis of the science and technology behind thin film photovoltaics and
batteries, as well as a comparison of different high-speed printing
PHOTOVOLTAICS BEYOND CONVENTIONAL SILICON: 30% DISCOUNT OFFER
The report is offered at a discounted price when you register for the
"Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon" Conference, which takes place in
Denver, Colorado on June 17-18, 2008. The conference will cover emerging
innovative technologies from CIGS to concentrators to nano-enabled
approaches, all in the combined efforts for wider PV commercialization.
For more information on the conference and the report, please visit
www.idtechex.com/pvUSA (conference website) or www.idtechex.com/pv (report