Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Solar Energy, 2013

Published: 23 July 2013

ID: G00252957

Analyst(s): James F. Hines


Despite an oversupply of manufacturing capacity and an increasing number of failed and distressed startups, innovations and intense competition in the solar energy industry continue to drive down costs.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • 3D Photovoltaic Devices
    • Dish/Stirling Engine
    • Molten-Salt Energy Storage
    • Kerfless Wafering
  • At the Peak
    • Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
    • Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries
    • Silicon Anode Batteries
    • Organic/Polymer Solar Cells
    • Building-Integrated PV Solar
    • DC-DC Converters
    • Energy Storage (Renewable Integration)
    • Solar Power Tower
    • Nanomaterial Supercapacitors
    • Solar Power Mobile Devices
    • Thermal/Concentrating Solar Power
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Parabolic Trough
    • High-Concentration Photovoltaics
    • Microinverters
    • CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cells
    • Selective Emitter Solar Cell
    • Low-Concentration Photovoltaics
    • UMG Silicon
    • Vehicle-Integrated Solar Panels
    • Energy Storage (Grid Support)
    • Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Solar PPA
    • Energy Storage (UPS/Power Quality)
    • Photovoltaic Generation
    • PV Monitoring Services
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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