Solar cell films are also known as thin-film solar cells. A thin-film solar cell is a second-generation solar cell consisting of one or more thin layers, or thin film (TF) of photovoltaic material on glass, plastic, or metal. Moreover, these cells are commercially deployed in several technologies such as cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), and amorphous thin-film silicon (a-Si, TF-Si). However, film thickness varies from a few nanometers (nm) to tens of micrometers (m). This allows thin film cells to be flexible as well as lighter in weight. In addition, solar cell films are increasingly deployed in building integrated photovoltaics. It is even deployed as semi-transparent, photovoltaic glazing material, which is further laminated onto windows. In addition, other commercial applications such as photovoltaic power stations increasingly employ rigid thin film solar panels (sandwiched between two panes of glass) to supply power into the electricity grid.
This report projects the trends and opportunities of the global solar cell films market. This research study includes a qualitative and quantitative analysis with comprehensive research methodologies and reliable projections to understand the present overview and predict the market behavior during the forecast period.
The global solar cell films market witnesses higher demand owing to their higher flexibility and usage at any location for electricity generation. Moreover, rapid development of photovoltaic technology offers advantages such as zero carbon emission and reduced electricity generation costs. The operation and maintenance costs of solar PV systems are lower as compared with conventional fossil fuel technology for electricity generation, which effectively boosts the market growth. Rapid demand for electricity in the developing regions of Asia-Pacific and Latin America has significantly propelled the need for renewable sources of energy. Furthermore, regulatory policies, and growing incentives, prompt the use of solar energy in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors. However, low efficiency of the second-generation PV systems has reduced the consumer demand for solar cell films. In addition, the fluctuating rate of feed-in-tariff is expected to raise challenge to market growth.
The global solar cell films market is segmented based on type, end user, and geography. On the basis of type, the market is divided as amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium selenide. On the basis of end user, it is classified into residential, commercial, and industrial. Geographically, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
Key market players in this sector include Heliatek, Dunmore, 3M, Advanced Energy, Lucent Clean Energy, Stion Corporation, Solar Frontier K.K., Kaneka Corporation, Prism Solar Technologies, and Hanergy Holding Group.
- This report provides a quantitative analysis of the current trends, estimations, and dynamics through 2017-2023, which assists to identify the prevailing market opportunities.
- Major countries in each region are mapped as per key trends and opportunities of the market and presence of major players.
- Region-wise and country-wise market conditions are comprehensively analyzed in the report.
- Key players of the solar cell films market are also listed.
- This study evaluates value chain to understand the competitive environment across geographies.
- An in-depth analysis of segmentation is provided to elucidate the dominant opportunities.
Solar Cell Films Market Key Segments
- Amorphous Silicon
- Cadmium Telluride
- Copper Indium Gallium Selenide
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Rest of LAMEA