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White paper on status and market potential OPV

Photovoltaics (PV) has shown a tremendous growth in the last 10 years which has resulted in a continuous decrease of the total costs, making PV almost cost competitive with traditional energy sources. The primary focus has been on efficiency enhancement, volume expansion and cost reduction and to go to TW scale production.

The PV technologies currently available on the market are wafer-based crystalline silicon with a share of 85-90 %, while thin film modules including Silicon, CdTe and CIGS are taking up a collective share that is substantially lower (10-15%).
The continuous price reductions of crystalline silicon has resulted in a slower development of thin film PV than expected and until 2017 it is anticipated that the portfolio of thin film PV technologies will slowly develop with a market share that will either stabilize or even decrease a bit over the next five years.
Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) is one of the latest emerging PV technologies that possess potentially unique assets that could lead to new application solutions especially in application areas that have traditionally been difficult for the current PV technologies. OPV will not replace traditional PV, but instead will create new markets and applications where its unique properties are fully valued.
In the next sections of this report, a sketch of the current technological status, the selling points and future market potential of OPV for specific targeted applications will be further outlined.


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