New Report Projects Costs and Efficiencies in Global Photovoltaic Market

Paul Maycock and Travis Bradford Consider Silicon Shortages, Laboratory vs.

Production Conditions, and Emerging Technologies to Predict up to a 50%

Drop in the Manufacturing Cost of PV Components by 2015



Dec 19, 2006, 00:00 ET from Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report from
 PV Energy Systems(TM) and the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable
 Development addresses current and emerging photovoltaic technologies, their
 performance, and their costs. Using data from global PV manufacturers and
 equipment providers and decades of experience in engineering these systems,
 the authors, Paul Maycock (PV Energy Systems) and Travis Bradford
 (Prometheus Institute) analyze and project cost and efficiencies of the
 dominant technologies used in the PV industry today, including:
     -- Monocrystalline PV
     -- Multicrystalline PV
     -- Silicon Ribbon and Sheet
     -- Amorphous Silicon
     -- Copper Indium Diselenide (CIS)/Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS)
     -- Concentrator Cells
     PV Technology, Performance, and Manufacturing Cost - 2006, a 50-plus
 page report with over 40 detailed charts and tables, includes market data
 about the major manufacturers by region and technology as well as a
 discussion of the silicon feedstock issues that plague the PV industry
 today. The report features sections on:
     -- World PV market conditions;
     -- Cell and module efficiencies;
     -- Crystalline silicon ingots, cells, and modules;
     -- Amorphous silicon technologies;
     -- Other PV technologies (e.g. CIGS/CIS); and
     -- PV technology/cost summary.
     Maycock and Bradford summarize cell efficiencies both under laboratory
 conditions and in high-volume production. While each technology is examined
 based on its current manufacturing conditions, the authors also standardize
 to 100 MW output plants, to draw cost and efficiency comparisons across the
 technologies. The authors also project manufacturing costs and
 profitability for current and emerging technologies through 2015.
     PV Technology, Performance, and Manufacturing Cost - 2006 will be
 released on December 19, 2006. The report costs $1200; half the proceeds
 will support the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a
 nonprofit research and educational organization working to accelerate the
 deployment of socially- beneficial technologies. Orders are now accepted
 online at http://www.prometheus.org/technologycost/
 
 

SOURCE Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report from
 PV Energy Systems(TM) and the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable
 Development addresses current and emerging photovoltaic technologies, their
 performance, and their costs. Using data from global PV manufacturers and
 equipment providers and decades of experience in engineering these systems,
 the authors, Paul Maycock (PV Energy Systems) and Travis Bradford
 (Prometheus Institute) analyze and project cost and efficiencies of the
 dominant technologies used in the PV industry today, including:
     -- Monocrystalline PV
     -- Multicrystalline PV
     -- Silicon Ribbon and Sheet
     -- Amorphous Silicon
     -- Copper Indium Diselenide (CIS)/Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS)
     -- Concentrator Cells
     PV Technology, Performance, and Manufacturing Cost - 2006, a 50-plus
 page report with over 40 detailed charts and tables, includes market data
 about the major manufacturers by region and technology as well as a
 discussion of the silicon feedstock issues that plague the PV industry
 today. The report features sections on:
     -- World PV market conditions;
     -- Cell and module efficiencies;
     -- Crystalline silicon ingots, cells, and modules;
     -- Amorphous silicon technologies;
     -- Other PV technologies (e.g. CIGS/CIS); and
     -- PV technology/cost summary.
     Maycock and Bradford summarize cell efficiencies both under laboratory
 conditions and in high-volume production. While each technology is examined
 based on its current manufacturing conditions, the authors also standardize
 to 100 MW output plants, to draw cost and efficiency comparisons across the
 technologies. The authors also project manufacturing costs and
 profitability for current and emerging technologies through 2015.
     PV Technology, Performance, and Manufacturing Cost - 2006 will be
 released on December 19, 2006. The report costs $1200; half the proceeds
 will support the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a
 nonprofit research and educational organization working to accelerate the
 deployment of socially- beneficial technologies. Orders are now accepted
 online at http://www.prometheus.org/technologycost/
 
 SOURCE Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development