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Global Solar Photovoltaics Industry

  • ID: 1589924
  • Report
  • October 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 400 Pages
  • Taiyou Research


  • Akeena Solar, Inc
  • Atlantis Energy Inc
  • China Sunergy
  • ErSol
  • GT Solar
  • Shell Solar
The use of renewable energy is no longer an out of the ordinary concept. Photovoltaics and solar power are a major resource of producing energy today. In fact, it is estimated that in 2010, solar photovoltaics was used for generating electricity in over 100 countries around the world. However, while it was used in so many countries, the overall percentage of solar photovoltaics only amounted to 4.8 TW of the total power generating capacity worldwide from all sources.

However, solar photovoltaics is the fastest growing power generation source in the world today and experts expect that the total market for photovoltaics is going to grow exponentially in the coming years.

Taiyou Research analyzes the global solar photovoltaics industry in this research report. The report is a complete coverage of the global solar photovoltaics market. The report covers the following:

- Market statistics covering the global market for solar PV cells
- Market size data
- Factors driving the global solar PV market
- Statistics for PV cell production
- Global solar photovoltaic installations
- SWOT & PEST analysis of the global solar photovoltaic industry
- Trends in the global solar photovoltaic market
- Applications of solar photovoltaics
- Challenges facing the industry
- Cost analysis of solar photovoltaics
- System performance indicators
- Analysis of the industry value chain including feedstock analysis and production data
- Analysis of the silicon feedstock market including the shortage issue of silicon
- Thin film photovoltaics market analysis
- Analysis of solar photovoltaics markets by country
- Regulations impacting the solar photovoltaic industry worldwide
- Major market players such as BP Solar, Canon, Ebara Solar, NanoSolar, ErSol, Evergreen Solar, and many others

The report includes a market outlook for the global solar photovoltaics industry till the year 2015, along with the major trends expected in the market in the coming years.

Taiyou Research’s research report Global Solar Photovoltaics Industry also includes a section on what investors need to know about before investing in solar power. The report, targeted at investors and researchers alike, is a comprehensive profile of the global solar photovoltaics industry.
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  • Akeena Solar, Inc
  • Atlantis Energy Inc
  • China Sunergy
  • ErSol
  • GT Solar
  • Shell Solar
1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction to Solar Power
2.1 What is Solar Power?
2.2 Advantages & Disadvantages of Solar Power
2.3 Availability of Solar Power
2.4 What is Solar Energy?
2.5 How to Use the Energy from Sun
2.6. Uses of Solar Power
2.7 Solar Photovoltaic Technology
2.8 Solar Power Satellites
2.9 Solar Thermal Energy

3. Solar Power Technologies
3.1 Parabolic Trough
3.2 Solar Tower
3.3 Parabolic Dish
3.4 Direct and Indirect Solar Power Technology
3.5 Concentrating versus Non-Concentrating Technology
3.6 Passive versus Active Technology

4. How Solar PV can Restrict GHG Emissions

5. Overview of Solar Photovoltaics
5.1 Introduction
5.2 History of Solar Cells
5.3 Photovoltaic Systems
5.4 Types of Solar Cells
5.5 Balance of System (BOS)
5.6 Generations of Photovoltaic Cells
5.6.1 First Generation PV Cells
5.6.2 Second Generation PV Cells
5.6.3 Third Generation PV Cells
5.7 Role of Concentrator Cells in Solar PV
5.8 Applications of Solar Cells
5.9 PV Technology in Isolated Generation

6. Global Market for Solar PV Cells
6.1 Market Statistics
6.2 Market Size
6.3 Factors Driving Growth
6.4 Production Side Statistics
6.5 Global Solar Photovoltaic Installations
6.6 Production of PV Cell & Module
6.7 Commercializing Solar PV & Market Development
6.8 Ongoing Research & Development
6.9 Market Outlook

7. Global Solar Photovoltaic Industry – SWOT Analysis
7.1 Strengths
7.2 Weaknesses
7.3 Opportunities
7.4 Threats

8. Global Solar Photovoltaic Industry – PEST Analysis
8.1 Political Features
8.2 Economic Features
8.3 Social Features
8.4 Technological Features

9. Factors Affecting Performance of PV Cells
9.1 Availability of Sunlight
9.2 Different Weather Conditions
9.2.1 Cold Weather
9.2.2 Cloudy Weather
9.3 Environmental Impact
9.3.1 Overview
9.3.2 GHG Emissions
9.3.3 Impact of Cadmium Usage
9.3.4 Energy Payback Time

10. Applications of Solar PV
10.1 Primary Application Areas
10.1.1 Off-grid Domestic Systems
10.1.2 Off-grid Non-domestic Installations
10.1.3 Grid-connected Distributed Systems
10.1.4 Grid-connected Centralized Systems
10.2 Stand Alone Systems
10.3 PV Power Station
10.4 Building Integrated Photovoltaics
10.5 Using PV for Battery Storage
10.6 Role of PV Storage
10.7 Rural Electrification
10.8 Connecting Generators with Photovoltaics
10.9 Utilities & Grid-Connected PV Systems
10.10 Distributed Generation & PV
10.11 Hybrid Power Systems
10.12 Small Scale DIY Solar Systems

11. Trends in Solar PV Technologies
11.1 Rooftop Systems
11.2 Grid-connected PV Systems
11.3 Emergence of Non-competition in the Market
11.4 Rising Popularity
11.5 Cheaper System Prices
11.6 Mixed Public Reaction

12. Issues Facing Development of Photovoltaics
12.1 High Overall Costs
12.2 High Transaction Costs
12.3 No Dominant Player in the Market
12.4 Lack of Public Awareness
12.5 Lack of Public Interest
12.6 Lack of Incentives
12.7 Lack of Infrastructure
12.8 Institutional Barriers
12.9 Lack of Proper R&D Initiatives

13. Economics of Solar Photovoltaics
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Financing of Solar PV
13.3 Price Trends
13.4 Rising Cost of PV Modules
13.5 High Transmission Costs
13.6 Availability of Financial Incentives

14. Solar Photovoltaic System Performance

15. Analysis of Photovoltaics Industry Value Chain
15.1 Overview
15.2 Feedstock Component
15.2.1 Polysilicon
15.2.2 Thin Film Technology
15.2.3 Ingots & Wafers Production
15.3 Production of Solar Cells & Modules
15.4 Achieving BOS (Balance of System)

16. Silicon Feedstock Market
16.1 Ongoing Shortage of Silicon
16.2 Polysilicon Market Statistics
16.3 Economic Analysis
16.4 Major Players in Electronic Grade Silicon Market
16.5 Major Producers of PV Grade Silicon
16.6 Silicon Recycling
16.6.1 Introduction
16.6.2 Market Outlook

17. Major Silicon Recyclers
17.1 Ergon Solair-WonlexTech Group
17.2 ReneSola Ltd
17.3 Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation,
17.4 Silicon Recycling Services Inc
17.5 SolarWorld Group

18. Analysis of Thin Film Photovoltaics
18.1 Overview
18.2 Major Players
18.2.1 Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc
18.2.2 Ersol
18.2.3 First Solar, Inc
18.2.4 Global Solar
18.2.5 HelioVolt Corporation
18.2.6 Konarka Technologies, Inc
18.2.7 Nanosolar
18.2.8 Odersun AG
18.2.9 Solibro GmbH
18.2.10 Solyndra
18.2.11 United Solar Ovonic LLC

19. Solar Photovoltaic Markets by Country
19.1 Austria
19.2 Australia
19.3 Canada
19.4 France
19.5 Germany
19.6 Japan
19.7 United Kingdom
19.8 United States

20. Information for Investors Looking to Invest in Solar Power

21. Regulatory Framework for the PV Industry Worldwide
21.1 Renewable Energy Targets
21.1.1 Feed-in Tariffs & the Renewables Portfolio Standard
21.1.2 Feed-in Tariffs in EU
21.1.3 Feed-in Tariff in Europe
21.1.4 Renewables Portfolio Standard in the US
21.2 Regulatory Framework & Incentives in the US
21.2.1 Introduction
21.2.2 PV Industry Roadmap
21.2.3 PV Technology Plan
21.2.4 Federal Tax Incentives
21.3 Regulatory Framework in Australia
21.3.1 Introduction
21.3.2 Australia’s Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET)
21.4 Regulatory Framework in Canada
21.5 Regulatory Framework in China
21.6 Regulatory Framework in Europe
21.6.1 Overview
21.6.2 Finland
21.6.3 France
21.6.4 Germany
21.6.5 Italy
21.6.6 Norway
21.6.7 Spain
21.6.8 Switzerland
21.6.9 Netherlands
21.6.10 UK
21.7 Regulatory Framework in India
21.8 Regulatory Framework in Indonesia
21.9 Regulatory Framework in Israel
21.10 Regulatory Framework in Japan
21.11 Regulatory Framework in Kenya
21.12 Regulatory Framework in South Korea

22. Global Solar Photovoltaic Industry Outlook

23. Major Players
23.1 Akeena Solar, Inc
23.2 Amonix Incorporated
23.3 ArcticSolar AB
23.4 ASE Americas Inc
23.5 Asia Silicon Co., Qinghai
23.6 AstroPower Inc
23.7 Atlantis Energy Inc
23.8 Baodiang Tianwei Yingli Green Energy Solar Company
23.9 Big Sun Energy
23.10 BP Solar International
23.11 Canadian Solar Inc.
23.12 Canon
23.13 Central Electronics Ltd.
23.14 China Solar Power (Holdings) Ltd.
23.15 China Sunergy
23.16 China Xianjiang SunOasis Ltd.
23.17 CSG Holding
23.18 Deutsche Solar AG
23.19 Ebara Solar
23.20 Elkem
23.21 Entech Inc
23.22 EPV Energy Photovoltaics Inc
23.23 ErSol
23.24 Ertex Solar
23.25 Evergreen Solar, Inc
23.26 Ever-Q
23.27 First Solar
23.28 Free Energy Europe S.A.
23.29 GT Solar
23.30 Kyocera Solar
23.31 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
23.32 Photowatt International
23.33 PowerLight Corporation
23.34 Sanyo Electric
23.35 Sharp Electronics
23.36 Shell Solar
23.37 Siemens Solar
23.38 Spire Corporation
23.39 SunPower Corporation
23.40 TerraSolar, Inc.
23.41 United Solar Ovonic

24. Appendix

25. Glossary
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Akeena Solar, Inc
Amonix Incorporated
ArcticSolar AB
ASE Americas Inc
Asia Silicon Co., Qinghai
AstroPower Inc
Atlantis Energy Inc
Baodiang Tianwei Yingli Green Energy Solar Company
Big Sun Energy
BP Solar International
Canadian Solar Inc.
Central Electronics Ltd.
China Solar Power (Holdings) Ltd.
China Sunergy
China Xianjiang SunOasis Ltd.
CSG Holding
Deutsche Solar AG
Ebara Solar
Entech Inc
EPV Energy Photovoltaics Inc
Ertex Solar
Evergreen Solar, Inc
First Solar
Free Energy Europe S.A.
GT Solar
Kyocera Solar
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Photowatt International
PowerLight Corporation
Sanyo Electric
Sharp Electronics
Shell Solar
Siemens Solar
Spire Corporation
SunPower Corporation
TerraSolar, Inc.
United Solar Ovonic
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