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REPORT # Nano-511 PUBLISHED February 15, 2012
Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic Photovoltaics-2012
CATEGORIES :
  • Advanced Materials
  • Renewable Energy
  • SUMMARY

    Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic Photovoltaics – 2012” is the latest report from NanoMarkets in our ongoing coverage of materials and markets in the photovoltaics sector. In this report, NanoMarkets examines the changing opportunities for different kinds of transparent conductors in the TFPV and organic PV industry.

    This report considers how transparent conductors will find markets and help create value for suppliers of leading edge PV technologies under the changed circumstances that PV faces today in which government subsidies are under threat and there are huge pressures to reduce TFPV costs to make it competitive with c-Si PV and with other sources of energy in general.  Taking into account the new dynamics of the TFPV and OPV industry, this report identifies where transparent conductor firms can generate business revenues, both from the older segments of the TFPV/OPV industry and from emerging segments, such as BIPV glass.

    This report is designed to help transparent conductor suppliers to understand how the overall changes in the PV industry will influence their sales.  It covers the use of transparent conductors in thin-film Si, CIGS, CdTe, OPV, and DSC and includes a discussion of how both established transparent conductor technology and the latest transparent conducting nanomaterials can make money in the PV market.

    As with all NanoMarkets reports, this report includes an eight-year forecast of the markets broken out by type of PV technology and type of transparent conductor material.  In addition, the report discusses the strategies of key firms to watch in this important sector. The forecasts are provided in both value and volume terms.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Executive Summary
    E.1 Changes in the Photovoltaics Market for Transparent Conductors Since the Last NanoMarkets Report
    E.2 TFPV and the "New" Entrenched TCOs
    E.3 Long-Range Prospects for Nanomaterials in Thin-Film and Organic PV TCs
    E.4 Why Flexible PV Matters to the TC Market
    E.5 BIPV and TCs: A New Opportunity?
    E.6 Some Firms To Watch in the TC Space
    E.6.1 Suppliers of Alt-TCOs
    E.6.2 Suppliers of Non-TCO TCs – Solution Processable Options
    E.7 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of TCs in PV Applications
     
    Chapter One: Background to this Report
    1.1 What Has Happened in the TFPV Market Since the Last Report?
    1.1.1 Changes in the TFPV Market that Affect TCs
    1.1.2 Why Cost is So Important in PV
    1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
    1.3 Methodology
    1.4 Plan of this Report
     
    Chapter Two: Transparent Conductors used in PV Applications
    2.1 ITO vs. the Alternatives – What Makes Sense Where?
    2.2 Alternative TCOs – The New Standard in TFPV
    2.2.1 CdTe PV
    2.2.2 Thin-Film Silicon PV
    2.2.3 CIGS PV
    2.2.4 OPV and DSC
    2.3 Prospects for Conductive Polymers and Nanomaterial-Based TCs in PV Applications
    2.3.1 Nanosilver-Based TCs in PV applications
    2.3.2 Carbon Nanotubes and Other Carbon Nanomaterials in PV
    2.3.3 Conductive Polymers in PV Applications
    2.3.4 PV Applications Likely to Adopt Nanomaterial and Other Non-TCO TCs
    2.4 Key Points from this Chapter
     
    Chapter Three: Eight-year Forecasts of Transparent Conductors in PV Applications
    3.1 Forecasting Methodology and Assumptions
    3.1.1 Data Sources
    3.1.2 Scope of the Forecasts
    3.1.3 Pricing Assumptions
    3.2 Eight-Year Forecasts of TCs by PV Technology
    3.2.1 CdTe PV – Impact of New CdTe PV Firms on the TC Market
    3.2.2 Thin-Film Si PV
    3.2.3 CIGS PV
    3.2.4 OPV
    3.2.5 DSC
    3.3 Eight-Year Forecasts in Thin-Film and Organic PV Applications by TC Material
    3.3.1 ITO
    3.3.2 Other TCOs
    3.3.3 Nanosilver and Other Metal-Based TCs
    3.3.4 Carbon Nanomaterial-Based TCs
    3.3.5 Conductive Polymer TCs
    3.4 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of TCs in PV Applications
    3.5 Alternative Scenarios
    Abbreviations and Acronyms Used In this Report
    About the Author

    List of Exhibits
    Exhibit E-1:  Summary of Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic PV Applications by  Material 2012-2019
    Exhibit E-2: Summary of Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic PV By Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 2-1: Important Parameters for Transparent Conductors Used for PV Electrodes
    Exhibit 2-2: Transparent Conductor Material Types, Typical Characteristics, Advantages, and Disadvantages
    Exhibit 2-3: Overview of Selected CNT Material Firms
    Exhibit 2-4: Comparison of Agfa and Heraeus PEDOT-Based Transparent Conductive Coatings
    Exhibit 2-5: Suitability of Alternative TC Types to Different PV Technologies
    Exhibit 3-1: Average TC Prices by Material 2012-2019 ($ per Square Meter)
    Exhibit 3-2: Transparent Conductors in CdTe PV Cells
    Exhibit 3-3: Transparent Conductors in Thin Film Si PV Cells
    Exhibit 3-4: Transparent Conductors in CIGS PV Cells
    Exhibit 3-5: Transparent Conductors in OPV Cells
    Exhibit 3-6: Transparent Conductors in DSC PV
    Exhibit 3-7: ITO in Thin Film and Organic PV By Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 3-8: Other TCOs in Thin Film and Organic PV By Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 3-9: Nanosilver and Other Metal Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic PV By Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 3-10: Carbon Nanomaterial Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic PV By Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 3-11: Conductive Polymer Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic PV By Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 3-12: Summary of Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic PV By Application 2012-2019
    Exhibit 3-13: Summary of Transparent Conductors in Thin Film and Organic PV Applications by Material 2012-2019

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