Opportunities in Thin Film Photovoltaics: Materials, Challenges, and Applications

The future of solar technology extends far beyond silicon, with numerous alternative materials that belong to a certain class called 'thin film'. While silicon PV is affordable to consumers and delivers high efficiencies, its application range is limited by its weight, size, and rigidity as well as a complicated manufacturing process. Thin film alternatives such as organics, perovskites, CIGS, and CdTe, among others, present numerous advantages to overcome these limitations and cater to emerging applications.
Thin film PV can deliver several unique advantages such as higher efficiency indoor energy harvesting, simpler manufacturing, and potentially lower costs than conventional silicon PV. A particularly exciting opportunity is their role in powering Internet of Things devices - a rapidly growing market following the increasing smartification of home and retail electronics.
In this webinar, Dr. Isabel Al-Dhahir, a Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, will discuss the latest developments and opportunities in thin film photovoltaics, applications to which they are best suited, as well as challenges facing market growth.
This webinar includes:
  • The opportunities presented by thin film photovoltaics
  • Discussion of the barriers facing the commercialisation of thin film photovoltaics
  • Overview of emerging applications for thin film photovoltaics and readiness levels
  • Roadmaps for the future of thin film photovoltaics
More detailed information, including the full market forecasts, can be found in IDTechEx's extensive report on the topic: "Beyond Silicon: Thin Film Photovoltaics 2023-2033". This report covers commercial opportunities, technology benchmarking, key player analysis, company profiles, and identification of core application areas.


Dr Isabel Al-Dhahir
Dr Isabel Al-Dhahir
Technology Analyst