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Next-Generation Flexible Thin-film Solar Cell Technology and Market Forecast (2009-2020)

  • ID: 2534714
  • February 2013
  • 415 Pages
  • SNE Research

As cost reduction and product diversification are becoming important issues in the PV industry, flexible solar cells are drawing a lot of attention. Since most of conventional solar cells are formed on hard substrates such as wafers or glass, they are deformed or broken when forces are applied. However, flexible solar cells, drawing attention as one of next-generation solar cells, are bendable or twistable. Thus, thin-film solar cells are mainly used for flexibility. They are transformable according to circumstances, light-weight, and highly portable.

Because of these advantages, flexible solar cells are expected to be applied for various purposes, since they are enough to compete with other commercially available solar cells, provided that flexible substrates are developed first, and optimized technologies for the substrates are developed. Current thin-film solar cells using flexible substrates (metal foil, and plastic) are under disadvantages in terms of cost reduction due to the complex manufacturing process and inefficient aspects of the mass-production process. Thus, intensive research and investment are required to reduce the manufacturing costs.

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