New NanoMarkets Report Projects $2.7 billion ($US) BIPV Glass Market in 2019
Published: March 21, 2014 Category: Glass and Glazing Renewable Energy
Glen Allen, Virginia:  The market for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glass will grow from $823 million ($US) in 2014 to $2.7 billion in 2019 according to a newly released report by industry analyst firm NanoMarkets.  The report also states that BIPV glass shipped will surpass 7.6 million square meters by 2021. This report is the latest study from this firm, which has been covering the BIPV market since 2007
About the report:
NanoMarkets latest report on BIPV glass includes a detailed eight-year market forecast with breakouts by type of building and PV material in both volume (MW and square meters shipped) and market value ($ Millions) terms.  Building types covered and forecast by this report include zero-energy buildings, prestige buildings, other commercial and government buildings, residential buildings and industrial buildings.  And there are also market projections in the report for BIPV glass shipments in major national and regional markets.
The report also analyzes the BIPV glass strategies of leading glass and PV firms as well the community of firms whose core business is specifically developing and installing BIPV glass.   Among the firms covered in this report are:
  • AGC
  • Ascent Solar
  • Belectric
  • DuPont
  • Eclipsall
  • BGT Bischoff Glastechnik
  • elQ
  • Exeger
  • First Solar
  • Flexcell
  • GE
  • Glass 2 Energy
  • Global Solar
  • Hanergy
  • Heliatek
  • JA Solar
  • Mage Sunovation
  • Manz
  • MGT
  • Onyx
  • Oxford Photovoltaics
  • Pilkington
  • Rheinzink
  • Seiksui Heim
  • Sharp
  • Singulus Technologies
  • Solar Frontier
  • Solaronix
  • Solibro
  • Stion
  • SunPower
  • Solarcentury
  • TULiPPS and
  • Union Energy Glass
Finally, this report also discusses how BIPV glass supply chain is evolving and how BIPV glass will be able to improve its image with key decision makers such as architects, who are sometimes skeptical of the BIPV glass concept.  In part this is about “playing up” the aesthetic advantage of solar glass (for example with tinted and colored products) and by incorporating additional smart features such as hybrid light/photovoltaic capability.
From the report:
The BIPV glass sector has been dominated by prestige buildings, which will account for 90 percent of BIPV glass revenues in 2014.  However, BIPV glass is a key enabling technology for zero net energy buildings which are expected to expand rapidly due to the growing number of mandates in both the US and EU.  For example, EU Directives demand zero energy capability for all buildings by 2021.  As a result, BIPV glass for zero net energy buildings will reach $1.1 billion by 2019 compared with $30 million today.
Thin-film PV, DSC and OPV are often touted as technologies that will revolutionize BIPV glass because of their light weight, flexibility and potentially low cost.  However, NanoMarkets contends that the poor business conditions that have beset the whole solar industry for the past thee years have set back the development of less conventional PV technologies.  As a result crystalline silicon will continue to dominate the BIPV glass sector until after 2019.  The only other solar material that is expected to do reasonably well in the BIPV glass sector during the forecasting period is CIGS, which will reach around $245 million in revenue by 2019.
For now BIPV glass remains mostly a niche consisting of highly customized solutions; constructed on site or near to the site.  Today, 90 percent of BIPV glass revenues come from customized projects.  However, by 2019 this share will have declined to 60 percent as semi-assembled BIPV glass products come onto the market that can be easily be integrated into building fabrics without specialized expertise.
About NanoMarkets:
NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of the BIPV sector and the PV sector more generally.
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