05 June 2012
A new study by NanoMarkets says the global organic photovoltaics (OPV) market, currently estimated at US $4.6 million, will grow, and market expansion will be mainly driven by electronics in apparel, posters and PoP smart labels, and off-grid developing world applications.
OPVs will remain a small player on the greater PV scene, obtaining total market shares below 1.5%, according to “Opportunities in the Organic Photovoltaics Market – 2012.”
The report provides a market analysis of recent developments in OPV, as well as updated eight-year forecasts for OPV materials and devices. It reviews the latest products, strategies and technical developments of the industry; examines the potential for OPV in the building-integrated and/or building-applied PV (BIPV/BAPV) sector in light of strong competition from other emerging PV technologies – dye-sensitize cell (DSC) and copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide (CIGS) PV. The research also considers how OPV is likely to do in a world in which solar energy is not the hot topic that it was some years ago.
Materials covered include the critical components of the cells and modules: donors, acceptors, hole transport layers (HTLs), and electron transport layers (ETLs); transparent and nontransparent electrode materials; encapsulation materials; and substrates.
The OPV device markets are considered in light of the various applications they are targeted toward, including off-grid portable charging, solar shades, conventional panels and BIPV (including flexible BIPV, BIPV glass, and building-applied PV (BAPV), etc.