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This new report from NanoMarkets examines the role of self-cleaning, self-healing, electrochromic and thermochromic coatings encapsulation in the photovoltaics space over the next eight years. It includes an assessment of where the main opportunities will appear and when and includes a detailed eight-year forecast of smart coating usage in the PV space, broken out by volume and value. This report will be essential reading to marketing and business development executives at all coatings and materials firms selling into the PV space as well as product managers in the PV industry itself.
Among the companies mentioned in this report are, Bayer MaterialScience, Cardinal Glass, Corning, Gentex, Nippon Sheet Glass, Nissan, PPG, Peer, SAGE Electrochromics, Saint-Gobain, and Soldadigm.NanoMarkets has been covering the PV coatings business for several years and believes that there will be growing opportunities to sell smart coatings of various into the PV sector. As insiders we foresee a future in which smart coatings will be able to make substantial improvements in the efficiency and costs for PV devices. We also believe that smart coatings will add new functionality to PV devices, customizing them for certain niche markets.These advantages are exactly what the PV industry is looking for. Improved efficiencies and prices and an opportunity to distinguish products in the marketplace are exactly what PV firms are looking for in the rapidly commoditizing PV market environment, and smart coatings are well positioned to meet some of these needs. As a result, NanoMarkets believes that materials firms, coatings suppliers and others will soon find new money-making activities in the PV sector
Examples of where smart coatings can help PV firms provide better value to their customers include the ability to provide enhanced protection to PV panels and reduce maintenance requirements. Self-repairing coatings reduce the impact of scratches—virtually impossible to avoid in many outdoor markets, especially BIPV ones—that can obstruct light or, worse, lead to breakage. And self-cleaning coatings help to keep dirt from blocking light from PV panels, maximizing power output—and reducing the cost of keeping them clean.
Improvements in transparency and durability are not the only value adders that can be provided to the PV industry by smart coatings. Electrochromic and thermochromic coatings—normally targeted for ambient lighting and shading purposes—have a role to play in the PV market as well. Most other sources of electricity come with a way to manually control the output, such as a throttle or even a simple “off” switch.
All of these functionalities mean added value for the end user, which is why we believe that smart coatings will do so well in the PV sector. This is the reason that NanoMarkets is publishing this report. In addition to the analysis of the market opportunities, this report also contains an eight-year forecast of the market for smart coatings in the PV industry, by type of smart coating. This report will be essential reading for firms that produce or develop smart coatings of all types and for PV firms seeking to add value to—and make more money from—their products by using smart coatings.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive SummaryE.1 How Smart Coatings Can Add Value to PVE.2 Opportunities for Smart Coatings Firms in the PV SectorE.2.1 Self-Cleaning CoatingsE.2.2 Thermochromic and Electrochromic CoatingsE.3 Firms to Watch in this SpaceE.4 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Coatings for PVChapter One: Introduction1.1 Background to this Report1.1.1 Better Performance Through Smart Coatings1.1.2 Adding PV Functionality Through Smart Coatings1.1.3 Is the PV World Ready for Smart Coatings?1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report1.3 Methodology of this Report1.4 Plan of this ReportChapter Two: Smart Coatings: Why They will Add Value in the PV Industry2.1 Self-Cleaning Coatings in PV2.1.1 Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Materials2.1.2 Catalytic Self-Cleaning Materials2.1.3 Opportunities for Self-Cleaning Coatings in the PV Space2.1.4 The Self-Cleaning Glass Value Proposition in the PV Industry2.2 Self-Repairing Coatings in PV2.2.1 Viscoelastic Materials2.2.2 Microencapsulation2.2.3 Thermoset Materials2.2.4 Next-Generation Self-Healing Materials2.2.5 Suppliers of Self-Healing Materials2.2.6 PV Durability: A Reason for Self Repair2.3 Electrochromic and Thermochromic Coatings in PV2.3.1 Controlling Power in PV Panels2.4 Other Smart Optical Coatings for the PV Industry2.5 Can Smart Coatings Fit Easily Into Current PV Manufacturing?2.5.1 Smart Coatings on Substrates2.5.2 Smart Coatings on Cover Glasses or Films2.5.3 Smart Coatings Within the Device Itself2.6 Opportunities for Smart Coatings by PV Type2.6.1 Conventional Panels2.6.2 Heat-Sensitive PV Technologies2.6.3 BIPV Glass2.6.4 Other PV Types2.7 Key Points Made in this ChapterChapter Three: Market Opportunities for Smart Coated PV3.1 Maximizing Performance Through Smart Coatings3.1.1 Self-Cleaning and Self-Healing Panels: Maximizing Power3.1.2 The Other Side of the Coin: Minimizing Maintenance and Repair3.1.3 Antireflection for PV: But Are These Coatings “Smart”?3.2 Market Factors in Favor of “Dimming” PV Panels3.2.1 Safety Concerns: Turning Off the Power3.2.2 Protecting the Investment: Avoiding Degradation at High Temperature3.2.3 Transparent PV Windows: Still a Window, Still a Need for Shading3.2.4 Double Duty: PV by Day, Something Else by Night3.2.5 Sensors, Toys, and Other Off-Grid Markets That Could Use a “Switch”3.3 Key Points Made in this ChapterChapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Coatings for PV4.1 Forecasting Methodology4.1.1 Data Sources4.1.2 Alternative Scenarios4.1.3 Differences from Earlier NanoMarkets Forecasts4.2 Forecasts of Self-Repairing and Self-Cleaning Smart Coatings for PV4.2.1 Self-Cleaning Smart Coatings4.2.2 Self-Repairing Smart Coatings4.3 Forecasts of Electrochromic and Thermochromic Smart Coatings for PV4.3.1 Electrochromic Smart Coatings4.3.2 Thermochromic Smart Coatings4.4 Summary of ForecastsAcronyms and Abbreviations Used In this ReportAbout the AuthorList of ExhibitsExhibit E-1: Selected Smart Coatings Firms with PV PotentialExhibit E-2: Summary of Market for Smart Coatings in PVExhibit 2-1: A crack in a self-healing materialExhibit 4-1: Forecasts of Self-Cleaning Coatings in PVExhibit 4-2: Forecasts of Self-Repairing Coatings in PVExhibit 4-3: Forecasts of Electrochromic Coatings in PVExhibit 4-4: Forecasts of Thermochromic Coatings in PVExhibit 4-5: Summary of Forecasts of Smart Coatings in PV