27 Apr '12, 11am

Slide Show: Is Thin Film Solar Dead?: GTM Research just published its most current and detailed report on thin...

Slide Show: Is Thin Film Solar Dead?: GTM Research just published its most current and detailed report on thin...

Higher efficiencies will reduce area-related costs and eliminate the Balance of System penalty. According to this model, CdTe must sell for $0.12 to $0.16 per watt less just to compensate for the BoS penalty. Thin film performs better in low light and high temperature regions. GTM Research adjusts efficiency for that thin-film adder and finds that a 12.5 percent efficienct thin film panel yields equivalent power to a 13.3 percent c-Si module. There is a smal window of opportunity for thin film solar. Note that these costs are at full utilization and that's the challenge for thin film factories -- finding customers to fill those factories (see Solar Frontier's 900 megawatt factory). Emerging markets might favor thin film because of higher temperatures and the frontier nature of these markets. Vertical downstream integration is a key strategy for thin film players. Shiao cit...

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