By Denis Lenardič, PV Resources, Jesenice, Slovenia
Until the year 2002, wafer-based crystalline silicon solar cells were almost exclusively the solar cell technology used for large-scale power plants. Since then, steady growth in the market share for thin-film technologies has been observed, although crystalline silicon technology still remains the most important solar cell technology used in large-scale PV power plants. The market share of thin-film modules, especially CdTe modules, has been continuously increasing in recent years, most notably in the German market. However, other countries like Spain, the USA, Italy and France have seen some large-scale CdTe-based modules being installed in power plants recently.