Global Markets and Technologies for Photovoltaic Systems

Published - Mar 2015| Analyst - Claire Lepont| Code - EGY014J
Global Markets and Technologies for Photovoltaic Systems
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Report Highlights

The global photovoltaic (PV) modules market was valued at $32.6 billion in 2013 and $34.6 billion in 2014. This market is expected to decrease to $27 billion by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -4.8% from 2014 to 2019.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the global markets and technologies for photovoltaic systems.
  • Analyses of global market trends with data from 2013, 2014, and projections of CAGRs through 2019.
  • Information about the PV industry on a global basis, including manufacturing capacity and consumption by various regional markets.
  • Coverage of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), polysilicon, the feedstock for PV, as well as the components comprising the balance of systems (BOS) for solar systems.
  • Analysis of the market's dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors, and opportunities.
  • Details covering market impact from sources such as the surge in global demand for energy, incentives for solar sales and installations, and declining costs of photovoltaics.
  • Profiles of major players in the industry.

Report Scope

The scope of this study encompasses the major PV technologies: monocrystalline silicon, multicrystalline silicon, thin films (e.g., amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium selenide), compound semiconductor materials (e.g., gallium arsenide) and emerging approaches such as nanostructured films, dye- sensitized solar cells and organic technologies. BCC Research analyzes each technology, examines its current and potential efficiency, assesses the current market status of each, examines its future market impact and presents shipments of PV modules and their values for 2013, 2014 and 2019. Various technical issues are discussed and a thorough economic analysis of each technology and its impact on future growth is presented.

In this report, we analyze the PV industry on a global basis, including manufacturing capacity and consumption by various regional markets. We examine government funding and support, industry involvement, standards, the environmental impact of solar energy and the impact of incentives to use PV. We also discuss the potential for applications—both grid-connected and stand-alone. Projections of module shipments by major applications are also presented for the five years covered in our study.

Not covered in this report are subsectors that are unquestionably a part of solar power but do not use photovoltaics, such as concentrating solar thermal systems, solar water heaters and the like.

Analyst Credentials

Claire Lepont is a nanocomposites and coatings specialist with extensive experience in the development of composite transparent conductive electrodes for organic solar cells. She has a deep interest in renewable energy and especially solar. She has a Master of Science degree in analytical chemistry and more than 10 years of experience in research and development in the coating industry.

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Published - Sep-2012| Analyst - Thomas Fuller| Code - EGY014H

Report Highlights

Global revenues from solar cells and modules totaled nearly $38.7 billion in 2011 and should decline to $28.6 billion in 2012. Total revenues are expected to reach $78.1 billion in 2017 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3%.

Published - Jan-2011| Analyst - Robert Moran| Code - EGY014G

Report Highlights

Global shipments of photovoltaic cells/modules reached 11,102 megawatts in 2010, and are expected to reach 55,621 megawatts by 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38%.

Published - Dec-2007| Analyst - Robert Moran| Code - EGY014F

Report Highlights

  • The global market for photovoltaics (PV) will increase from $12.9 billion in 2007 to an estimated $16.1 billion by the end of 2008. It should reach nearly $32.3 billion by 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.9%.
  • The rapid growth of PV will be driven by the global demand for energy of all kinds, the potential problems of climate change, the renewable features of solar energy and improvements in PV technology and materials.
  • Silicon technology, which accounted for about 89% of the market in 2007, will continue to dominate through the end of our forecast period, but will represent only 79% of the market by 2013.
Published - Jun-2005| Analyst - Robert Moran| Code - EGY014E

Report Highlights

  • Total shipments of photovoltaic (PV) modules were estimated at 973.1 megawatts in 2004 and are expected to rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 23.8% to reach 2,783.1 megawatts by 2009.
  • Silicon technology accounted for approximately 90% of the PV market in 2004 and will continue to dominate through the end of the forecast period. Multicrystalline silicon represents the highest volume.
  • Recent improvements in their efficiency and the advent of flexible substrates, will provide thin film technology with continued growth.
  • New technologies, such as dye-sensitized solar cells and modules made by nanotechnology processes, are projected to account for 19.7 megawatts by 2009.
Published - Sep-2002| Analyst - Robert Moran| Code - EGY014D

Report Highlights

  • Total worldwide shipments of photovoltaic (PV) modules reached 393.8 megawatts (MW) in 2001 and are projected to grow at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 21% to 1,021.5 MW by 2006.
  • Their value was estimated at $2,067.5 million in 2001. That amount is expected to increase at a lower AAGR of 12.5% to $3,728.5 million by 2006, as costs are expected to decrease.
  • Polycrystalline silicon is the highest volume PV technology, and shipments are projected to grow at a 20.6% AAGR to reach 450.8 MW by 2006.
  • Single crystal silicon shipments were 161.5 MW in 2001 and are projected to rise at an AAGR of 19.8% to 398.4 MW by 2006.
  • The smaller market for silicon film deposited on more flexible substrates is expected to grow at an AAGR of 21.2% to 19.5 MW by 2006.
  • Thin films will finally exhibit significant growth during the period, rising at an AAGR of 26.3% to 152.8 MW by 2006.

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