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The Global Solar Industry (2018)

  • ID: 4667598
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 40 pages
  • NRG Expert
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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 even 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.

Solar PV can provide electricity for many applications; for example, to drive water pumps for irrigation and drinking wells, or ventilation fans for air-cooling. Solar electricity generation is on the rise in the power generation sector, and the publisher's new Global Solar Industry intelligence product will give you the data and insights that are necessary to understand this growing market. The publisher has researched the solar power generation market to produce an in-depth database and accompanying market research report that focuses on the generation using solar technology.

This includes PV which is the focus of the report, but the database also presents solar thermal power generation. The report and database combine the publisher's research abilities with a keen understanding of the power generation landscape to give you a comprehensive look at the sector.

The Report outlines the structure of the solar PV industry; presenting definitions, the techniques, applications, the PV industry value chain, feedstocks, manufacturers and an overview of the renewable energy tariff and incentives and the role solar plays in this.

The Database contains information on over 60 countries providing, where known, the installed (nameplate) generation capacity for solar PV and solar thermal installations. The data is presented in an annex to the report and provided to you in a separate Microsoft® Excel® (.xlsx) workbook; for easy analysis and data manipulation.

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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
  • Investor confidence, price, and policy cost
  • Effectiveness
  • Ownership structure
  • Conclusion

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)

List of Figures
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 16 - Desertec plan
Figure 17 - Salt structures and existing gas storage sites in Europe
Figure 18 - Price experience curve for PV modules

List of Tables
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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  • Arima
  • Astropower
  • Barclays
  • Bell Lab
  • Blue Square Energy
  • BP
  • BP Solar
  • BSE
  • California State University
  • Commission of the European Communities
  • Cyrium
  • Danish Wind Turbine Association
  • Enphase Energy
  • EPIA
  • First Solar
  • GE Energy
  • GE Solar
  • Hemlock
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • International Energy Agency
  • Kycora Solar
  • Kyocera
  • MEMC
  • Miasole
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mitsubishi Solar
  • NASA
  • NREL
  • PLN
  • PV Cycle Association
  • Q-Cells
  • REC
  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
  • Renesola
  • RWE Schott
  • Sharp
  • SMA Technology
  • Smart Spark Energy
  • SolarWorld
  • Spectrolab
  • Stanford University
  • SunPower
  • SunPower Corporation
  • Suntech
  • Tokuyama
  • Wacker
  • Xantrex
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