Next-Generation Photovoltaic and Thermoelectric Markets - 2011

Aug 09, 2011, 04:57 ET from Reportlinker

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Next-Generation Photovoltaic and Thermoelectric Markets - 2011

It has been suggested that today's dominant PV materials, crystalline silicon and cadmium telluride, are more likely to be replaced by entirely novel high-performance PV and thermoelectric technologies and materials, than today's more well-known thin-film alternatives.   Prior generations of PV were developed using traditional R&D methodologies, where experiments to optimize materials and structures were conducted in series over many years.  Companies could reasonably expect it to take 10 to 20 years from first lab results through R&D to high-volume manufacturing.  However, the next generation of PV is borrowing much speedier research methodologies from the pharmaceutical industry.  In particular, it is using "combinatorial chemistry" systems that can perform dozens to hundreds of experiments in parallel, allowing a 10-fold acceleration in R&D and pilot line work. Consequently, new PV materials can now in principle be discovered, integrated, and fine-tuned for high-volume manufacturing within one to two years.

As a result of this approach NanoMarkets expects to see opportunities for materials and technologies such as "earth-abundant" kesterites (such as CZTS), nanorods, quantum dots, multi-exciton generation (MEG), metamaterials and plasmonics. Thermoelectric films are also an up and coming opportunity in this space and are being developed to convert waste-heat into additional electricity. And PV cells are being integrated into systems that generate hydrogen gas from sunlight and water.  Most will fail to meet the cost and scalability challenge, but a few will succeed and will ultimately reach the 25-40 percent efficiency that today can only be reached with the most expensive and exotic materials.

This new NanoMarkets report provides the first commercial assessment of the new PV and thermoelectric technologies that we believe will represent opportunities in the near future.  In this report we analyze the progress that has been made technically in all the major areas of next-generation PV and related technologies and provide roadmaps to their future development.  However, even more importantly, we also show where the first addressable markets for these technologies are likely to appear over the coming decade.  In addition, we discuss how these newer technologies will compete with existing products.  And, as with all NanoMarkets reports we include our eight-year revenue projections for the technologies covered and an analysis of the strategies of the companies currently seeking to develop them.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

E.1 PV market demands of the future

E.2 Accelerating R&D and pilot lines for PV

E.3 Next-generation PV opportunities for solar panel makers

E.4 Next-generation PV opportunities for materials firms

E.5 Firms to watch

E.5.1 Current and future venture capital activity in the next-generation PV space

E.6 Summary of eight-year forecast

Chapter One: Introduction

1.1 Background of this report

1.2 Objectives and scope of this report

1.3Methodology of this report

1.4 Plan of this report

Chapter Two: Next-Generation PV and Thermoelectric Technologies

2.1 Earth-abundant thin-films

2.2 Stacks of 2D films

2.3 Arrays of 1D rods

2.4 Quantum dot solutions

2.5 Multi-exciton generation (MEG)

2.6 Meta-materials and plasmonics

2.7 Thermoelectric technologies and PETE

2.8 Key points made in this chapter

Chapter Three: Market Requirements and Addressable Markets for Next-Generation PV and Related Technologies

3.1 Efficiency requirements for next-generation PV and related technologies

3.2 Environmental requirements for next-generation PV materials

3.3 Utility panels and high-volume manufacturing scaling

3.4 Concentrated PV (CPV) integration

3.5 Next-generation PV in the BIPV market and other large niches

3.6 Fabrics and flexible applications for next-generation PV

3.7 Hydrogen generation using next-generation PV

3.8 Key points made in this chapter

Chapter Four: Eight-Year Forecast of Next-Generation and Related Technologies

4.1 Forecasting methodology and assumptions

4.2 Eight-year forecast of next-generation PV for utility panels

4.3 Eight-year forecast for next-generation CPV

4.4 Eight-year forecast for next-generation BIPV

4.5 Eight-year forecast for next-generation PV in fabrics and other flexible substrates

4.6 Eight-year forecast for hydrogen generation using next-generation PV

4.7 Summary of forecasts

Abbreviations and Acronyms used in this report

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