Green Tech Media reported today that the photovoltaic cell industry could be getting a boost from some recent innovations.

“Silicon PV is entering an era of unprecedented technological progress,” said Andrew Gabor, Consulting Analyst at GTM Research and author of the report. “While most c-Si cost reductions until now have stemmed from economies of scale and reductions in the cost of key consumables, the next few years will have to see technology innovation playing a dominant role in driving down costs. Platforms such as diamond wire sawing, selective emitters and reduced-silver metallization will enable higher cell and module efficiencies, more efficient material utilization and higher throughput processes that will keep the cost of silicon PV declining for years to come.”

A new report discusses all of the technological advancements that have taken place recently that should be coming to market in the next few years.

Titled Innovations in Crystalline Silicon PV 2013: Markets, Strategies and Leaders in Nine Technology Areas, this 262-page report closely examines the benefits, challenges, key vendors, and market penetration prospects of nine advanced technology platforms being commercialized in the 2012 to 2014 timeframe. The nine technologies covered in the report are:

  • Quasi-mono wafers
  • Diamond wire sawing
  • Kerfless wafers
  • Selective emitters
  • Reduced-silver metallization
  • Dielectric-passivated backside cell architectures
  • Conductive adhesives
  • Encapsulant alternatives to EVA
  • Frameless and plastic-framed module designs

To read the whole article, head over to Green Tech Media’s site: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Innovations-in-Solar-Silicon-Offer-Hope-to-Struggling-PV-Supply-Chain-New

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