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The Global Solar PV Industry - Historical, Present, and Future Generation Statistics to 2030

  • ID: 3984485
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • NRG Expert
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Solar electricity generation is on the rise in the power generation sector, and NRG Expert’s new Solar PV Industry intelligence product will give you the data and insights that are necessary to understand this growing market. We have researched the solar PV market to produce an in-depth database and accompanying market research report that focuses on the generation through the use of solar technology. This can include PV which is the main focus of the report, but the database also presents solar thermal power generation. The report and database combine NRG Expert’s research abilities with a keen understanding of the power generation landscape to give you a comprehensive look at the sector.

Solar electricity generation has seen a remarkable growth in the past years. Technology is developing rapidly and manufacturers are increasingly able to offer solar technology at ever better prices. Carbon reduction commitments have also increased solar energy’s proliferation. 

Solar photovoltaics are probably the most benign method of power generation. They are silent, produce no emissions and use no fuel other than sunlight. The production of photovoltaics varies among manufacturers but PV technology is based on silicon, the second most common element on the earth's surface. As used in PV modules, silicon is non-toxic. 

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1 Development of Solar Photovoltaics

  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Solar cell development
  • Conditions of use of solar PV cells
  • Solar insolation
  • Cold weather
  • Cloud conditions
  • Isolated generation
  • PV and the environment

2 Applications of Solar PV Technology

  • Simple PV systems
  • BIPV - Buildings as energy systems and collectors of solar energy
  • PV with battery storage
  • Balance of system: storage
  • PV with generators
  • PV connected to utilities
  • Utility-scale power
  • Hybrid power systems
  • Desalination
  • Distributed generation

3 PV Project costs

4 PV Industry Value Chain

  • Feedstock
  • Polysilicon
  • Thin Film Photovoltaic (TFPV) technology
  • Ingot and wafer production
  • Solar cell and modules
  • Balance of system (BOS)
  • Inverters
  • Vertically integrated companies

5 Photovoltaic Feedstock - Silicon

  • Background
  • Silicon Recycling
  • Recycling future development
  • Cost pressure on feedstock process

6 Thin Film Photovoltaics (TFPV)

  • Alternative thin film materials

7 Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV)

8 Manufacturers of solar PV

  • Overview
  • Solar photovoltaic manufacturers

9 National targets and incentives for renewable energy

  • Renewable energy targets
  • Feed-in tariffs (FITs)
  • Advanced Renewable Tariffs (ARTs)
  • Tender over an amount of energy (kWh) or a certain capacity (kW)  
  • Tradable green certificates  
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)  
  • Mixed systems  
  • Feed-in tariffs (FITs) and RPS  
  • Calculation of renewable energy shares  
  • Comparison of feed-in tariffs and RPS  
  • EU and feed-in tariffs  
  • US and RPS  
  • The feed-in tariff in Europe  
  • The evolution of RPS Policy in the United States  
  • Europe - the EU Renewable Energy Directive  
  • Investor confidence, price, and policy cost  
  • Effectiveness  
  • Ownership structure  
  • Conclusion  
  • Feed-in tariffs in the United States  

10 Trans European - North African Grid Networks  

  • Overview  
  • Mediterranean solar plan  
  • Desertec  

11 Energy Storage  

  • Mechanical Storage  
  • Electrochemical storage  
  • Electromagnetic storage  
  • Hybrid Systems  

12 Forecasting a new technology  

  • Experience curves and progress ratios (PR)

13 The Data  

  • Introduction to the data:


Figure 1 - How Solar Works  
Figure 2 - Global insolation levels  
Figure 3 - Remote Energy Capture  
Figure 4 - Deep Cycle Battery Storage  
Figure 5 - Municipal vehicle port with integrated PV roof  
Figure 6 - Wind and Solar PV combined  
Figure 7 - Distribution network conventional  
Figure 8 - Distribution network - with distributed generation  
Figure 9 - PV installer data on component costs  
Figure 10 - Efficiencies achieved in the laboratory  
Figure 11 - PV conversion efficiencies: crystalline silicon versus thin film  
Figure 12 - Value breakdown by manufacturing country of origin, typical Suntech module  
Figure 13 - Value breakdown by manufacturing country of origin, typical SunPower module  
Figure 14 - Diagramatic representation of feed-in tariff schemes  
Figure 15 - National renewable energy policies in EU countries  
Figure 16 - Desertec plan  
Figure 17 - Salt structures and existing gas storage sites in Europe  
Figure 18 - Price experience curve for PV modules  


Table 1 - Recycled silicon grades  
Table 2 - Different classes of CPV cells  
Table 3 - Desertec plan  
Table 4 - Energy storage technologies  
Table 5 - Characteristics of various batteries

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