In a new market research report from EuPD Research, global thin film production output will reach 3.5 GW in 2010. According to EuPD Research only twenty percent of the 120 thin film entrants will be able to start commercial PV thin film production before 2010, while less than 50 percent of the 60 companies that have announced their intention to start commercial thin film production by 2010 will actually meet their schedules.
“It is one thing to announce ambitious production plans – but another to successfully integrate the complex production steps” says Markus A.W. Hoehner, CEO of EuPD Research. He adds: “This will separate the wheat from the chaff”.
An increase in the number of thin film manufacturers will lead to tougher competition, especially as some markets will be maturing in the coming years.
Of note the report claims that thin film technologies could reach grid parity in Europe between 2012 and 2016.