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Photovoltaic and concentrated photovoltaic market outlook

April 11, 2013

Amid rapidly falling prices, mounting losses and massive operational costs, the upstream solar photovoltaic (PV) supply chain is undergoing major consolidation, with the number of companies participating in the market expected to plunge by 70% this year. Worldwide, the total number of companies participating directly in the manufacturing of PV solar panels, from polysilicon manufacturing through module assembly, is set to fall to approximately 150 in 2013, down from about 500 in 2012, according to the IHS Solar service at information and analytics provider IHS. This compares to about 650 in 2011 and 750 in 2010.

JDSU, the California-based optical components manufacturer and concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) cell record holder, has decided to discontinue its CPV efforts. Last year JDSU acquired product design, patented intellectual property and other assets from QuantaSol, a CPV provider based in the UK. At the time of the deal JDSU said it would leverage multiple quantum well (MQW) technology from QuantaSol for its CPV cell product platform.

Concentrator photovoltaic module maker Soitec has officially opened its North American solar manufacturing facility in San Diego. Less than one year after the facility was acquired by Soitec, the factory is equipped with a state-of-the-art automated production line and is operational, according to the company. The first module was produced in October 2012, and the first phase (140 MWp) of the production line is now operational, as initially planned. The factory has been designed to reach 280 MWp in capacity at full production.

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Provided by A Longford – PandA Europe

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