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REPORT # Nano-733 PUBLISHED September 02, 2014
Materials for Next-Generation Photovoltaics – 2014-2021
  • Advanced Materials
  • Renewable Energy

    The 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.

    Executive Summary

    • Objectives and Scope of This Report
    • Methodology and Information Sources
    • Plan of This Report
    • Key Technology Trends In Solar Panels
    • Rethinking Cell Structures
    • New Directions In Absorber and Photoactive Materials
    • Materials Trends In Solar Panel Electrodes
    • The Start-Up Potential for Next-Generation Solar Industry
    • Opportunities for Material Firms and Specialty Chemical Industry
    • How New Materials Could Expand the Addressable Market for Solar Panels
    • Six Firms to Watch
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Summary of Eight-Year Forecast of Next-Generation PV Materials

    Chapter One: Introduction

    • Classification of PV Technologies
    • Efficiency and Cost Comparison of Next-Generation PV Technologies
    • Evolution of the Standard C-Si PV Technology
    • Growing Preference for N-Type Si PV Technology
    • Recent Developments In the Next-Gen C-Si Segment
    • Fate of Thin-Film Technology
    • Potential Next-Generation PV Materials
    • Recent Developments In Next-Gen Thin-Film PV

    Chapter Two: Emerging Opportunities In Silicon Photovoltaics

    • Next-Gen C-Si Technologies
    • Need for New N-Type Dopants
    • Recent Developments In N-Type Dopants
    • Trends In N-Type Substrates
    • Is there Hope for Thin-Film Silicon PV?
    • Status of Nano-Silicon Solutions
    • Notable Manufacturing Trends
    • Key Points Made In This Chapter
    • Chapter Three: the Next-Generation Thin-Film PV
    • CIGS Resurgent?
    • CZTS and Its Variants: the New Thin-Film Wonder Material?
    • Other Potential Thin-Film Materials
    • Improving CdTe Based Thin-Film PV Technology
    • Key Suppliers of Novel Thin-Film PV Materials
    • Improving Manufacturing Options for Thin-Film PV
    • Key Points Made In This Chapter

    Chapter Four: OPV and DSC:  the Next Generation

       The Future of OPV

    • Perovskites:  Next-Generation DSC?
    • Key Suppliers of DSC Materials
    • Eight-Year Forecast of Materials for Next-Generation OPV and DSC
    • Key Points Made In This Chapter

    Chapter Five: Nanomaterials for Next-Generation PV

    • Quantum Dot PV:  How Far In the Future?
    • Promising Materials for QD PV
    • Suppliers of Materials and Panels for QD PV
    • Carbon Nanotubes In Next-Generation PV
    • Carbon Nanotubes: Absorber and Photoactive Layer
    • Carbon Nanotubes: Transparent Conductor
    • Graphene In Next-Generation PV
    • Graphene
    • Graphene: Absorber and Photoactive Layer
    • Graphene: Transparent Conductor
    • Silver Nanowires/Metal Meshes for Transparent Conductors In Next-Generation PV
    • Possible Uses for Semiconductor Nanowires In Next-Generation PV
    • Suppliers of Nanomaterials for Next-Generation PV
    • Eight-Year forecast of Nanomaterials for Next-Generation PV
    • Key Points Made In This Chapter

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    Forecast assumptions
    Pricing Assumptions
    Other Relevant Assumptions
    Summary of Eight-Year Forecast of Next-Generation PV Materials
    Eight-Year Forecast of Novel Silicon Materials for PV
    Eight-Year Forecast of Novel Thin-Film Materials for PV
    Eight-Year Forecast of Materials for Next-Generation OPV and DSC
    Eight-Year Forecast of Nanomaterials for Next-Generation PV


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