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Dataquest Insight: Large-Scale Installations Drive Growth of the Thin-Film Solar Cell Industry

Published: 21 November 2008

ID: G00162126

Analyst(s): James F. Hines, Alfonso Velosa


The battle between Cadmium Telluride and silicon thin-film solar cell vendors will drive the growth of the thin-film photovoltaic industry in 2009 and 2010. Firms such as First Solar, Inventux, Mosel Baer, Optisolar, Ovonics and Signet Solar will compete for the utility scale solar farm business.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction — The End of The Beginning
    • The First Volume Market
    • The Rising Standardized Equipment Market
    • The "Wild Card" Market
    • Three Thin-Film PV Technologies are Vying for Leadership
    • Thin-Film PV Manufacturing: No Approach Yet Dominates

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