PV Solar Power: Are consumer costs close to hitting market tipping point?

Solar power is at a crucial point in its development. It has been hanging on to first generation technologies originally discovered in 1954 for many years now. Government incentives have driven market demand to adopt these technologies but their costs of production are reaching a limit. The industry needs to push hard for a step change in production costs to ensure demand continues to rise.

Scope

  • Learn about the current state of the solar power industry from a technological perspective.
  • Explore the photovoltaic manufacturing process and how organizations drive down costs in globalized industries.
  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of the potential for mass adoption of solar power.

Reasons to buy

How much lower can costs in the solar power industry be driven?

Which technologies are most likely to cause a revolution in the industry?

What is the effect of government policy on the prospects of a clean energy future?

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Table of Contents

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

RESEARCH PROGRESS IN CELLS AND STORAGE

Tough balancing act between efficiency and cost

A long and slow road to commercial success

Cutting ...

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

RESEARCH PROGRESS IN CELLS AND STORAGE

Tough balancing act between efficiency and cost

A long and slow road to commercial success

Cutting edge research aims at holy-grail of efficient and stable, low cost products

Home batteries to become vital factor in solar product mix

Tesla Powerwall provides missing link

Daimler offers similar proposition with Accumotive

THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Current costs take many consumers out of market

Each stage of production in battle to reduce costs

Polysilicon and the upstream industry in price war

Solar cell and module production already dominated by Chinese manufacturers

IMPACT OF GOVERNMENTS AND MARKETS

Massive impact of antithetical government policies

Feed-in tariffs and incentives help industry reach viable production volumes

Dumping and import tariffs combine to stifle progress

Sustained demand vital to economies of scale

Global demand is shifting in line with government incentives

Massive market potential hints at upcoming issues with supply

CONCLUSIONS

Riding a knife-edge between success and failure

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