Cdte Solar Cells Consume Largest Amount of Glass if Compared to Other Solar Cells, States SNE Research05 Apr 2013 • by Natalie Aster
Suntech imported 80% of its glass requirement from AGC and Saint-Gobain in 2006. With gradual localization, however, China-made products accounted for almost 90% as of 2012-4Q. The company is now importing 1% from AGC and Philkington respectively, and has stopped importing from Saint-Gobain since 2011.
According to the report “In-Depth Analysis Report of Glass for PV Market (2008~2015F)” by SNE Research, contrary to other countries where more than 80% of the entire glass demand is driven by c-Si, Germany recorded more than 35% demand for thin-film solar cells (as of 2013).
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Unlike other countries, the country recorded thin-film solar cell production 2 times higher than that of crystalline solar cell modules. Before 2011, the CdTe production was 3 times higher than that of crystalline solar cells, accounting for more than 85% of the entire thin-film solar cell production. However, there was a reduction in production, as the Malaysia factory was shut down in 2012, and the thin-film solar cell production is estimated to reach only 1.5 times of the crystalline solar cell production.
Among commercially available solar cells, CdTe solar cells consume the largest amount of glass due to the lowest optical conversion efficiency. In this sense, 55% of glass demand is expected to be driven by CdTe solar cells in 2013.
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