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NanoMarkets has covered the technologies and market opportunities for organic photovoltaics (OPV) for nearly seven years. Here we examine how this market has evolved since our last in-depth report in 2012, from the latest technology improvements to readiness for penetrating end-markets.In this report we explore recent improvements in OPV technologies from materials to device structures, even as the supplier landscape has changed. This report also looks at progress being made toward commercial viability in OPV's target markets, now entering what seems to be a final stage of preparation (demo projects) to clear up visibility on the runway for getting these products into end markets. We also update the competitive scenario between related alternative solar PV technologies (OPV, DSC, and some thin-film varieties) as they jostle for position vying for success in the same places -- including the sudden emergence of a potentially strong competitor on the horizon: perovskites.This report includes detailed eight-year forecasts for OPV materials and devices, and for the various markets where we expect OPV to enter the market -- or at least where proponents hope it will -- from building-integrated (BIPV) and building-applied (BAPV) structures to power-charging devices in various form-factors, from tiny panels to awnings and even conventional panels.This report is designed to be especially valuable for marketing and business development executives involved with solar power technologies as well as the targeted end-markets (BIPV/BAPV and solar chargers), as well as investors seeking to profit from such technologies and the companies behind them.
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARYE.1 What's Changed in OPVE.2 Technology Update: Final Steps Toward Commercial ReadinessE 2.1 Fighting for Position, and a New Threat ArisesE.3 Application Update: Entering the Promised LandE.3.1 Then as Now, BIPV BeckonsE.3.2 Solar Chargers: Sidestepped for Scale?E.4.1 Opportunities for materials and specialty chemical suppliersE.4.2 Opportunities for device firmsE.5 Companies to WatchE.6 Eight-Year Forecasts for OPVCHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION1.1 Background to this Report1.1.1 OPV: Struggling Despite Good Potential1.1.2 Key Technical Challenges and Probable Solutions1.1.3 Markets for OPV: How Low is the Fruit?1.1.4 A Future Roadmap for OPV1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report1.3 Methodology of Report1.4 Plan of this ReportCHAPTER TWO: Technology Trends in Organic Photovoltaics2.1 Device Structures2.1.1 Improved Hole and Electron Extraction Layers2.1.2 Moving toward Tunable Bandgap and Solubility2.1.3 Stack for Success: From Single to Tandem/Cascading Architectures2.2 Materials Trends2.2.1 Polymer vs. Solutions2.2.2 Increasing Use of Transparent Conductors2.2.3 Fullerene-free Acceptor Materials2.3 OPV Performance Improvements2.3.1 Efficiency2.3.2 Lifetime2.3.3 Printing Approaches2.4 OPV Research Efforts2.5 Key Points from this ChapterCHAPTER THREE: Markets for OPV3.1 Making the Case for OPV3.2 The Competition: OPV, DSC, and Thin-Film3.2.1 Will Perovskites Change the Rules?3.3 Application Status3.3.1 BIPV: Ready or Not?3.3.2 Solar Chargers: On the Back Burner?3.3.3 Other Off-Grid Applications: Can the Case Still be Made?3.4 Key Points from this ChapterCHAPTER FOUR: KEY COMPANIES TO WATCH IN OPV4.1 Heliatek4.2 Armor4.3 Belectric4.4 AGC4.5 Mitsubishi Chemical4.6 Next Energy4.7 Merck4.8 Sumitomo Chemical4.9 Toshiba4.10 BASF4.11 Solarmer4.12 Heraeus4.13 Eight19CHAPTER FIVE: EIGHT-YEAR FORECASTS AND MARKET ANALYSIS FOR OPV5.1 Key Factors Driving OPV5.1.1 Forecasting Methodology5.1.2 Assumptions and Scenarios5.2 Eight-Year Forecasts for OPV5.2.1 OPV Materials and Devices5.2.2 Off-grid OPV Markets5.2.3 Grid-Connected Markets5.2.4 Summaries of OPV Markets5.3 Key Points from this ChapterAcronyms and AbbreviationsAbout the Author