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Next-Gen Solar Cells: Innovations and Impact Analysis

  • Report

  • 46 Pages
  • September 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4655865

Solar Cell Technologies with Disruptive Potential

There is an increasing need to replace existing first and second generation solar cell technologies with higher efficiency and lower cost options. This need has created a continuous demand to innovate for next-generation solar cell technologies based on better solar cell materials, concepts, and configurations.

The array of features and benefits that come with next-generation solar cells make them suitable for building-integrated applications and other niche applications such as printed electronics. This research is an attempt to identify, review and analyze various solar cell technologies that have future potential to replace incumbent technologies. The study also covers information about companies that have developed innovative solar cell technologies with the potential to disrupt the existing solar cell industry and how they are adapting to competition by mitigating key challenges.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Research Methodology Explained
1.4 Summary
1.5 Key Findings
2. Status of Solar PV Cell Technologies
2.1 Solar PV Cells Setting Efficiency Records Since 2010
2.2 Solar PV Technology Categorization
2.3 Comparison of Existing PV Technologies - Efficiencies, Market Share
2.4 Declining PV Prices and High Competition Calls for Cell Efficiency Improvements
2.5 Large-scale PV Manufacturing Reduces PV Costs and Establishes Dominance of Crystalline Silicon Technology
3. Advancement in Solar Technologies
3.1 Why is there a need to focus on Next-gen Solar Cells?
3.2 Drivers and Challenges for Enabling Adoption of Next-generation Solar Cells
4. Material-level Innovations
4.1 Perovskites - The Most Promising Third-generation Technology
4.1.1 Low-Cost Printing Technique Makes Perovskites Available for BIPV Applications
4.1.2 Organic Cation Improves Stability of Perovskites
4.2 Perovskites to Enhance Existing Technologies and Replace Other Emerging Technologies
4.2.1 Perovskite-silicon Tandem Cell Achieves Record Efficiency
4.2.2 New Manufacturing Technique Enhances Efficiency of Tandem Cell
4.3 Organic Solar Cells - Fundamentals
4.3.1 University of Michigan Achieves Record Efficiency for Organic Cells
4.3.2 Organic Liquid Coatings for the Commercial Buildings and Skyscrapers
4.3.3 Other Emerging Companies and Promising Research in Organic Solar Cells
4.4 Dye-sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) - Fundamentals
4.4.1 Swedish Solar Firm Sets up First Commercial-scale DSSC Manufacturing Facility
4.4.2 The Looming Future of Organic and Dye-sensitized Companies
4.5 Quantum Dots (QDs)
4.5.1 Increasing Research in the Quantum Dots Aimed at Improving Efficiency and Stability
5. Insights and Recommendations
5.1 Patent Filing of Perovskite Solar Cells on the Rise
5.2 APAC Countries Most Active for Patent Filing among Next-gen Cells
5.3 Long-term Stability - Biggest Inhibitor to Commercialization of Next-generation Solar Cells
5.4 Comparison of Various Next-generation Solar Cell Technologies
5.5 Perovskites and Tandem Cell Exhibit High Potential for Commercialization
5.6 Technology Road Map for Next-generation Solar Cells
6. Key Contacts
6.1 Key Industry Influencers
6.2 Legal Disclaimer