Friday, October 1, 2010

September's split personality: thin film and c-Si PV top readers' lists

The top articles on in September were both about solar photovoltaics, one stating that thin-film has been underestimated (following a period of overestimation), and one arguing that crystalline silicon (cSi) photovoltaics are challenging thin film's areas of dominance. Thin film is moving in on c-Si territory, while c-Si moves in on thin-film's sectors. Check out both, and make an informed verdict.

What thin-film PV has in common with Mark Twain
Rumors of thin-film PV technology's demise are exaggerated, writes Paula Mints from Navigant Consulting -- despite an uphill competitive battle with crystalline silicon, it does have a place in the future of multi-GW deployments.

Tier 2 rising: New Chinese c-Si firms challenging thin-film producers
Who's challenging the leading c-Si cell makers today? It's not the thin-film panel suppliers as expected, says Solarbuzz's Finlay Colville, taking the pulse from last week's EU PVSEC show -- it's Chinese Tier 2 c-Si cell makers.

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