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Global Solar Power Industry
Aruvian's R'search, January 2013, Pages: 185
The global solar energy market has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past two years, driven by a new abundance of polysilicon, the effects of the worldwide financial crisis, and the plunging price of solar modules. The worldwide demand is anticipated to nearly double between 2010 and 2013, reaching 19.3 gigawatts by the end of that period. In this market environment, some of the key differentiators that will determine success for solar suppliers will include cost per watt, module efficiency, presence in key growth markets, supply chain integration, and availability of financing.
The industry has shifted from supply-constrained to demand-driven, and a few strong companies have been able to strengthen their revenues and market share based on a low cost per watt combined with high module efficiency. The solar industry has been preoccupied with Italy. For about last couple of months, the Italian market boomed, driven by a feed-in tariff guaranteeing a minimum price for solar electricity for 20 years.
The solar energy field is no longer relegated to some small obscure subterranean research facility dedicated solely to the furthering of science for its own sake, but is indeed becoming widely accepted as a legitimate, viable, and profitable alternative to more mainstream energy resources. With the global push for companies and consumers to “go green”, more and more investors are looking to solar energy companies as a legitimate investment opportunity. As the latest Top Ten stock listed solar companies bears out, Solar Energy companies are more than holding their own in the marketplace.
The technologies used to collect and store solar energy are constantly evolving, allowing for increased efficiency and cost effectiveness. These top ten stock listed solar companies continue to promote growth and meet the challenge of providing sustained profitability to their investors head on.
Aruvian's R'search’s focus on the Global Solar Power Industry explores this niche market globally and focuses on the happenings of this industry. Analyzing the global trends, the growth drivers, the strengths and weaknesses of this industry, industry statistics and forecast, technologies involved, leading companies in the sector, region-wise analysis, uses of solar power in the various fields of everyday life such as agriculture, etc., are just some of the in-depth points of discussion included in this report. The report covers the complete developments in the global solar power industry.
A. Executive Summary
B. Solar Power
B.1 What is Solar Power?
B.2 Pros & Cons of Solar Power
B.3 Readily Available Solar Power
C. Various Uses of Solar Power
C.2 Heliostat Power Plants
C.3 Passive Solar Building Design
C.4 Solar Cookers
C.5 Solar Electric Vehicles
C.6 Solar Hot Water Systems
C.7 Solar Photovoltaic Technology
C.8 Solar Power Satellites
C.9 Solar Thermal Energy
C.10 Solar Updraft Tower
D. Technologies Associated with Solar Power
D.1 Parabolic Trough
D.2 Central Receiver or Solar Tower
D.3 Parabolic Dish
D.4 Direct & Indirect Technology
D.5 Concentrating & Non-Concentrating Technology
D.6 Passive & Active Technology
E. Costs & Advances in Solar Power Technology
E.1 Parabolic Trough Systems
E.1.1 Present Projects
E.2 Central Receiver/Solar Tower Systems
E.2.1 Present Projects
E.3 Parabolic Dish Engines
E.3.1 Present Projects
E.4 Future of Electricity Production Using Solar Power
F. Effect of Solar Power on Consumer Energy Industry
G. Solar Power & the Global Photovoltaic Industry
G.2 Benefits of PV
G.3 Market Profile
G.4 Market Size
G.5 Regulatory Drivers
G.5.1 Concerns over Silicon Supply
H. Marketing & Economizing Solar Power
H.1 Connecting to the Grid
H.2 Selling Electricity
H.3 Western Governors Association Solar Task Force
H.4 California’s Solar Initiative
I. Development & Applications of Renewable Solar Power Systems
I.2 Solar RFC Power System
J. Using Solar Energy Effectively in Agriculture
J.1 Solar Electric Systems
J.2 Water Pumps
J.4 Small Motors
J.6 Heating Greenhouses
J.7 Generating Heat for Farmland Purposes
K. Research & Development
L. Analyzing the Major Regions
L.7 United Kingdom
L.8 United States
M. Major Projects
M.1 Google’s Solar Power Project
M.2 Australia’s Solar City Project
M.3 New York City’s Largest Commercial Solar Power System
M.4 Project ACCESS in Philippines
M.5 Solar System at German Sport Cycling Track
M.6 Largest PV Installation in Northern Germany
M.7 Chinese Airport Becomes Solar
N. Leading Companies
N.1 Atlantis Energy
N.3 BP Solar
N.4 Canadian Solar Inc.
N.5 China Sunergy
N.6 Ebara Solar
N.8 Entech Inc
N.10 Ertex Solar
N.11 Evergreen Solar
N.13 First Solar
N.14 Free Energy Europe S.A.
N.15 GE Power
N.16 GT Solar
N.17 Kyocera Solar
N.19 Shell Solar
N.20 Siemens Solar
N.21 Spire Corporation
N.22 SunPower Corporation
N.23 TerraSolar, Inc.
N.24 United Solar Ovonic
P. Glossary of Terms
The harnessing of solar energy is not new in fact, development of solar energy dates back more than 100 years, to the middle of the industrial revolution. Solar energy is pollution-free, an important benefit when the cost of removing pollutants from the environment is considered. For example, a typical SWH system will, over its lifetime, displace 10.5 tons of CO2 if replacing a natural gas system, or 71.5 tons if replacing an electric system.
The solar thermal industry is capable of becoming a dynamic, innovative annual business within 20 years, unlocking a new global era of economic, technological and environmental progress. The benefits of solar power are compelling: environmental protection, economic growth, job creation, diversity of fuel supply and rapid deployment, as well as the global potential for technology transfer and innovation. The underlying advantage of solar energy is that the fuel is free, abundant and inexhaustible. The total amount of energy irradiated from the sun to the earth’s surface is enough to provide for annual global energy consumption 10,000 times over.
Solar thermal power uses direct sunlight, so it must be sited in regions with high direct solar radiation. Among the most promising areas of the world are the South-Western United States, Central and South America, North and Southern Africa, the Mediterranean countries of Europe, the Middle East, Iran, and the desert plains of India, Pakistan, the former Soviet Union, China and Australia.
A major benefit of solar thermal power is that it has little adverse environmental impact, with none of the polluting emissions or safety concerns associated with conventional generation technologies. There is hardly any pollution in the form of exhaust fumes or noise during operation.
The solid industrial and political commitment to the expansion of the solar thermal power plant industry shows that the current surge of activity in the solar electricity sector is only a foretaste of the potential, massive transformation and expansion over the coming decades.
Aruvian Research’s focus on the Global Solar Power Industry explores this niche market globally and focuses on the happenings of this industry. Analyzing the global trends, the growth drivers, the strengths and weaknesses of this industry, industry statistics and forecast, technologies involved, leading companies in the sector, region-wise analysis, uses of solar power in the various fields of everyday life such as agriculture, etc., are just some of the in-depth points of discussion included in this report. The report covers the complete developments in the global solar power industry.
Canadian Solar Inc.
Free Energy Europe S.A.
United Solar Ovonic