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New report on thin-film PV substrate and encapsulation market

According to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets, glass will continue to dominate substrate and encapsulation materials used for thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV), and new materials such …

According to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets, glass will continue to dominate substrate and encapsulation materials used for thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV), and new materials such as metal foils, plastics, ceramics and composites will grow rapidly in importance. The increased use of these new materials is due to the need to support flexible PV in order to reduce PV panel costs using R2R processes and the rise of intrinsically flexible products; notably those used for building-integrated PV (BIPV). The TFPV substrate/encapsulation market is expected to reach USD 1.3 billion by 2015, going on to reach USD 1.8 billion by 2017. NanoMarkets has also identified several areas where encapsulation systems are beginning to make economic sense, most notably in the CIGS sector. The report highlights that, despite decline in overall market share, glassmakers can still expect opportunities to emerge, enabling new flexible glasses to participate in the growing sector of the TFPV market that uses R2R processes. The report also suggests that glass will continue to own the highest-performing, utility-grade TFPV panels for both encapsulation and substrate purposes. According to NanoMarkets, the TFPV market is seeking new materials that will serve as key enabling technologies for BIPV and mobile PV products, which it expects will have opportunities that go well beyond the PV space, in flexible displays and flexible lighting, for example. The Encapsulation and Flexible Substrates for Thin-Film Photovoltaics report identifies the opportunities for glassmakers, plastics and metals industry and specialist encapsulation companies in the TFPV industry for the next eight years. All the major inorganic TFPV markets, thin-film silicon, CdTe and CIGS are covered in the report. Revenue opportunities for materials such as both substrates and encapsulants are discussed in detail, examining the latest economic and renewable energy policy trends and what they will mean for firms supplying substrates and encapsulation materials to the TFPV sector. The report also contains detailed forecasts of TFPV substrate and encapsulant materials for the next eight years as per TFPV technology and materials type.

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