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PV Technology and Cost Outlook - Forecast to 2017

DUBLIN, February 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Dublin - Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5wwd4f/pv_technology_and) has announced the addition of the "PV Technology and Cost Outlook - Forecast to 2017" report to their offering. 

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Recent global PV (Photovoltaics) industry activity has seen wafer, cell, and module suppliers at the mercy of an inhospitable supply-demand imbalance throughout the global market. 

With supply consistently 200% of demand annually, c-Si module prices have fallen approximately 70% in two years. One positive externality of this cutthroat pricing is that manufacturing costs have fallen in line with pricing declines. This is mostly because pricing for key inputs further up the value chain has also fallen as a result of overcapacity and consequent margin evaporation.

Back in 2009/10, industry roadmaps were targeting $1.00/W module costs as a medium-term goal. With best-in-class Chinese producers approaching costs of $0.50/W in 2013, yesterday's goals are no longer relevant today. However, as noted, the majority of cost reduction over the last two years has been driven by declines in consumables prices. This state of affairs has left both manufacturers and their customers with considerable uncertainty, and there is currently little consensus on what is a realistic goal for the module supply chain to set for itself over the next three to five years. It is in the context of this lack of clarity that this report was conceived.

This 112-page report on the latest in c-Si PV wafer, cell, module, and materials technology is the most recent analysis from flagship supply-side practice, and aims to provide a competitive outlook on the leading technology and cost trends through 2017 across the global PV supply chain. The report explores existing and innovative technology advancements in ingot growth, wafer slicing, cell processing, and module assembly, as well as their impacts on efficiencies and manufacturing costs. The report then presents proprietary cost model through 2017 for polysilicon, wafer, cell and modules. 

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