12 Jul '11, 3pm

Thin Film Solar: The Market That Isn’t: San Francisco, California -- Reporting from Intersolar and the SEMI Fa...

Thin Film Solar: The Market That Isn’t: San Francisco, California -- Reporting from Intersolar and the SEMI Fa...

San Francisco, California -- Reporting from Intersolar and the SEMI Fab Manufacturer's Forum with a focus on thin film technology and markets. The question asked at this forum were: What are the common issues faced by thin film manufacturers? And what will it take for the thin film industry to grow? Thin film solar panels account for roughly 20 percent of the solar market and First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) makes up about half of the thin film total. First Solar has a two gigawatt capacity this year and an announced capacity of three gigawatts for next year. Here are the 2010 thin film rankings: But what really makes a market? Is it a common set of materials and proceses and tools? If that's the definition -- then there really isn't a PV thin film market according to a (very interesting) presentation by Dr. David Eaglesham, the CTO of First Solar. Eaglesham made the point that ...

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