22 February 2010


Market for solar cell & module chemicals and materials to grow 27% in 2010

The market for advanced chemicals and materials used in photovoltaic solar cells and modules will grow 27% to $3.1bn in 2010 and then about $15bn by 2015, according to the third edition of the report 'Chemicals & Materials for Photovoltaic Cells and Modules 2010' from industry analyst Linx-AEI Consulting, which focuses on the photovoltaics and electronics industries.

The driver of growth in the PV market will be global end-market demand for solar power, which is expected to grow from 5.8GW to 38GW by 2015.

The report includes long-term forecasts by cell type that combine Linx-AEI's perspectives on the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) as a function of module performance with geography-specific considerations such as local incentives and irradiance. The report hence includes perspectives into chemicals needs for individual cell and module types, including crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, tandem-junction, cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium (gallium) selenide (CI(G)S) cells and modules.  

The report also examines the emergence and impact of critical technologies around texturization and cleaning, metallization, selective emitters, backsheets, frontsheets, and encapsulants.

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