Photovoltaics Materials Opportunities in Large Markets Emerging Beyond Silicon

This webinar shares research from the new IDTechEx report, "Materials Opportunities in Emerging Photovoltaics 2020-2040".
There are many solar markets only accessible with technologies beyond silicon. They include transparent and flexible film solar, underwater and indoor solar. Consider lightweight photovoltaic film on the sides of buildings that cannot support heavy glass. Film retrofits on buses and boats to boost range. IDTechEx predicts $38 billion dollars business emerging by 2040 that is not affected by the commoditised silicon-in-glass "power station" business. Learn how over $10,000/W is currently paid for a record 30% efficient lll-V compound PV in a designer watch because only microwatts are needed., as an array on a satellite or wings of many high-altitude drones. Flexible copper-indium-gallium-diselenide PV has recently shot to over $2 billion sales in only ten years and now there are routes to eliminating the small amounts of toxic cadmium used. Some is of the new PV is stretchable, some self-adhesive and there are three routes to photovoltaic paint but some uses lead, some cadmium, and eliminating that is a gap in the emerging market. Tightly-rollable PV in your mobile phone, regular aircraft skin, billions of Internet of Things nodes? Yes, but better barrier films needed for some. Multipurpose PV is appearing from beautifying the sides of old buildings while powering them to unrolling as microgrid. This webinar introduces the huge materials opportunities emerging.


Dr Peter Harrop
Dr Peter Harrop