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Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems to 2015 - Government Incentives and Feed-in Tariffs to Create Growth Potential for Semiconductor Manufacturers

Abstract

Scope

  • Market Size in terms of sales revenue - historical data from 2004 to 2010 and forecast through to 2015
  • Key semiconductor product types such as PV cells, IGBTs, couplers, logic IC, analog IC, micro components and optical semiconductors
  • Market Share for the year 2010
  • Key regions such as Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, ME&A and S&CA
  • Market statistics for key countries such as Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, France, the US, Canada, Japan, China and Australia
  • Comprehensive profiles of key companies such as Suntech, JA Solar, First Solar, Infineon Technologies AG and Fairchild Semiconductor
  • Different Analytical Frameworks, such as Porter's Five Forces Analysis and SWOT Analysis,to give a global comprehensiveo view of Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems

Reasons to buy

  • Exploit growth opportunities in the market for Semiconductors used in Solar PV Power Systems.
  • Devise market-entry and expansion strategies for various Semiconductors used in Solar PV Power Systems.
  • Identify the strengths and weakness of key players in the market for Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems.
  • Develop business strategies from the SWOT and Porter's Five Forces Analyses.
  • Identify key growth markets for your products from the market statistics.
  • Know the demand potential of Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems.

Executive Summary

GBI Research's new report, “Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems to 2015 - Government Incentives and Feed-in Tariffs to Create Growth Potential for Semiconductor Manufacturers” provides key information and analysis on the market opportunities in the semiconductors industry for solar PV application. The report covers the industry dynamics, information on the revenue of the semiconductors in solar PV power systems, and the market share of the suppliers. The report also provides product - based and region-based forecasts up to 2015. Analysis and forecasts are also given for the different product types used in solar PV power systems like PV cells, IGBTs, couplers, logic IC, analog IC, micro components and optical semiconductors.

Transition in the Technology of Semiconductors to Increase the Efficiency of Solar PV System

Technological advancements are being made to improve the efficiency of semiconductors, in order to increase the performance of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The use of silicon carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) in PV inverters is increasing the efficiency of the PV inverters by reducing the switching and conduction losses of transistors and diodes. In PV cells, the substrate technology used is being changed to attain higher efficiency levels. In the crystalline cells, single crystal and multi-crystalline technologies are being replaced by ultra thin silicon and ribbon silicon technologies. Likewise, in thin-film cells, amorphous silicon and CdTe is being replaced by CIGS.

Government Incentives and Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) Create Growth Potential for Semiconductors

Government incentives and FITs are a form of support for investors in the renewable energy market. This in turn creates growth potential for semiconductors in solar PV systems. With the support of FITs and government incentives, the number of PV system installations has increased in many regions. The increase in PV installations in European countries such as the major markets of Germany and Italy, have increased the market for semiconductors used in PV system. Companies, such as Suntech, have increased the production capacities of solar modules in 2010, and increased shipments to facilitate the demand. This shows that the demand for semiconductors in solar PV systems is increasing with the increasing installations, which are driven by the FITs and incentives. Countries like Czech Republic, Canada, France and the UK emerged as key markets for PV installations and because of this, the semiconductors market in these countries grew due to the FIT programs implemented in these countries. Several states such as Hawaii, California, Florida, New Jersey and Washington have fixed tariffs which attract PV installation investors. The state-level FIT in the US is based on the German FIT model. To capture the potential in such regions, companies like JA Solar were discussing the possibility of establishing a solar cell production base in US and enter the Canadian market. The sales revenue of the semiconductors in solar PV systems was $27.75 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $32.06 billion by the end of 2015.

Technological Advancements to Improve Efficiency of PV Systems is the Main Challenge

Technological advancements are being made to improve the efficiency of the PV system and reduce the cost per watt. Further improvements must be made to reduce the cost per watt and increase the efficiency of the industry to reach grid parity. For this, research must be done to reduce the energy losses that are taking place in the solar PV system and increase the efficiency of the semiconductors that are used in the solar PV systems. Countries like Spain and China have government support for R&D activities to improve the efficiency of the system and reduce the costs of modules, or the system as a whole. China's 973 Scheme supports the development of future solar PV technologies, including backing for the technical and theoretical development of thin-film and dye sensitized solar cells. Japan also started a project in 2008 with a budget of JPY2 billion ($25.60m). The program aims to improve the performance and demonstrate the feasibility of PV power generation technology by applying new materials and new solar cell structures. To reach the targets set by the government bodies and meet the expectations of the PV investors to increase the installations, technological advancements must take place at a faster rate. Efforts must be made to reduce the cost of crystalline cells and increase the efficiency of thin-film cells to overcome the disadvantages of these technologies. To improve efficiency, reducing the switching and conduction losses of transistors and diodes in the PV system, will be a challenge for manufacturers. Such technological changes will also help the industry reach grid parity and reduce the dependence on government incentives.

Table of Contents

1. Table of Contents

  • 1.1 List of Tables
  • 1.2 List of Figures

2. Introduction

  • 2.1 GBI Research Report Guidance

3. Overview

  • 3.1 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems
  • 3.2 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems
  • 3.3 Technology Associated with Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems

4. Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Industry Dynamics

  • 4.1 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Key Market Drivers
    • 4.1.1 Government Incentives and Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) Create the Growth Potential
    • 4.1.2 Cost Reductions Due to Technological Improvements Drive the Industry
  • 4.2 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Key Market Restraints
    • 4.2.1 Market Highly Dependent on Government Policies
  • 4.3 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Key Challenge
    • 4.3.1 Technological Advancements to Improve Efficiency
  • 4.4 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Future Trends
    • 4.4.1 Improved Photovoltaic Cells through Plasmonics
    • 4.4.2 Photovoltaic Flat Panels May Be Replaced with Three Dimensional Photovoltaic Structures

5. Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

6. Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Analysis and Forecasts

  • 6.1 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Sales Revenues and Forecasts, 2004-2015

7. Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Analysis on the basis of Key Product Types

  • 7.1 Photovoltaic (PV) Cells Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 7.1.1 PV Cells - Analysis on the basis of Technology Type
    • 7.1.2 Crystalline Cells Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 7.1.3 Thin-film Cells Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 7.2 IGBTs/MOSFETs Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 7.3 Couplers Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 7.4 Logic IC Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 7.5 Analog IC Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 7.6 Micro Components Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 7.7 Optical Semiconductors Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 7.8 Other Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015

8. Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems - Analysis based on Region

  • 8.1 Europe, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.1.1 Europe Market Analysis on the basis of Key Countries
    • 8.1.2 Germany, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.1.3 Italy, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.1.4 Czech Republic, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.1.5 France, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.1.6 Rest of Europe, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 8.2 Asia-Pacific, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.2.1 APAC Market Analysis on the basis of Key Countries
    • 8.2.2 Japan, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.2.3 China, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.2.4 Australia, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.2.5 Rest of APAC, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 8.3 North America, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.3.1 North America Market Analysis on the basis of Key Countries
    • 8.3.2 US, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.3.3 Canada, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
    • 8.3.4 Rest of North America, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 8.4 Middle East and Africa, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015
  • 8.5 South and Central America, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market Sizing and Forecasts, 2004-2015

9. Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Competitive Analysis, 2010

  • 9.1 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Competitive Landscape
    • 9.1.1 PV Cells, Market Share Analysis, 2010
    • 9.1.2 Key Suppliers of IGBTs for PV Power Systems, 2010
    • 9.1.3 Key PV System Equipment Manufacturers, 2010
  • 9.2 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Key Company Profile - Suntech
    • 9.2.1 Suntech - Business Description
    • 9.2.2 Suntech - Major Products and Services
    • 9.2.3 Suntech - SWOT Analysis
    • 9.2.4 Suntech - Recent Developments
  • 9.3 Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Key Company Profile - JA Solar
    • 9.3.1 JA Solar - Business Description
    • 9.3.2 JA Solar - Major Products and Services
    • 9.3.3 JA Solar - SWOT Analysis
    • 9.3.4 JA Solar - Recent Developments
  • 9.4 PV Cells in Solar PV Power Systems, Key Company Profile - First Solar
    • 9.4.1 First Solar - Business Description
    • 9.4.2 First Solar - Major Products and Services
    • 9.4.3 First Solar - SWOT Analysis
    • 9.4.4 First Solar - Recent Developments
  • 9.5 IGBTs in Solar PV Power Systems, Key Company Profile - Infineon Technologies
    • 9.5.1 Infineon Technologies - Business Description
    • 9.5.2 Infineon Technologies - Major Semiconductor Products for Solar PV Inverters
    • 9.5.3 Infineon Technologies - SWOT Analysis
    • 9.5.4 Infineon Technologies - Recent Developments
  • 9.6 IGBTs in Solar PV Power Systems, Key Company Profile - Fairchild Semiconductor
    • 9.6.1 Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. - Business Description
    • 9.6.2 Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. - Major Products and Services
    • 9.6.3 Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc., SWOT Analysis
    • 9.6.4 Fairchild Semiconductors-Recent Developments

10. Appendix

  • 10.1 About GBI Research
  • 10.2 Market Definition
  • 10.3 Glossary of Terms
  • 10.4 Methodology
    • 10.4.1 Market Size Estimates
    • 10.4.2 Market Size Forecasts
    • 10.4.3 Breakdown Estimates
    • 10.4.4 Geographies covered
    • 10.4.5 Market Share Estimates
    • 10.4.6 Coverage
    • 10.4.7 Secondary Research
    • 10.4.8 Primary Research
    • 10.4.9 Expert Panel Validation
  • 10.5 Contact Us
  • 10.6 Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: PV Cell Technology
  • Table 2: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Key Drivers, 2011
  • Table 3: Solar PV Inverter Market, Global, Feed-in Tariff Rates, 2012
  • Table 4: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Key Restraints, 2011
  • Table 5: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Key Challenges, 2011
  • Table 6: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Future Trends, 2011
  • Table 7: Porter's Five Forces Analysis, Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems
  • Table 8: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 9: Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Global, Consumption Breakdown on the Basis of Key Products,(%), 2011
  • Table 10: Photovoltaic (PV) Cells in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 11: PV Cells in Solar PV Power Systems, Global, Consumption Breakdown on the Basis of Key Cell Types,(%), 2011
  • Table 12: Crystalline Cells in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 13: Thin-Film Cells in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 14: IGBTs/MOSFETs in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 15: Couplers in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 16: Logic IC in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 17: Analog IC in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 18: Micro Components in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 19: Optical Components in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 20: Other Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 21: Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Global, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Regions,(%), 2011
  • Table 22: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Europe, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 23: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Europe Market, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Countries,(%), 2011
  • Table 24: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Germany, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 25: Germany, EEG Remuneration for Solar Facilities, 2009-2011
  • Table 26: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Italy, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 27: Ordinary PV Plants, Italy, FIT, €/kWh, 2011-2012
  • Table 28: Integrated PV Plants With Innovative Features, Italy, FIT, €/kWh, 2011-2012
  • Table 29: Large PV Plants, Budget, Italy, FIT, €/kWh, 2011-2012
  • Table 30: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Czech Republic, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 31: Solar PV Power Market, Czech Republic, Feed-in-Tariff, $/kWh, 2012
  • Table 32: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, France, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 33: Solar PV Power Market, France, Feed-in-Tariff, $/kWh, 2012
  • Table 34: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Rest of Europe, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 35: Solar PV Power Market, Spain, Feed-in-Tariff, $/kWh, 2012
  • Table 36: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Asia-Pacific, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 37: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, APAC Market, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Countries,(%), 2011
  • Table 38: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Japan, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 39: Solar PV Power Market, Japan, Feed-in-Tariff, $/kWh, 2012
  • Table 40: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, China, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 41: Solar PV Power Market, China, Feed-in-Tariff, $/kWh, 2012
  • Table 42: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Australia, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 43: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Rest of APAC, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 44: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, North America, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 45: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, North America, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Countries,(%), 2011
  • Table 46: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, US, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Table 47: Summary of Policy Support for Solar PV, The US, Federal Incentives
  • Table 48: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Canada, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 49: Solar PV Power Market, Canada, Feed-in-Tariff, $/kWh, 2012
  • Table 50: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Rest of North America, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 51: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Middle East and Africa, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 52: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, South and Central America, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Table 53: Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Competitive Landcape, 2010
  • Table 54: PV Cells, Global, Market Share (%), 2010
  • Table 55: Key Suppliers of IGBTs for PV Power Systems, 2010
  • Table 56: Key PV System Equipment Manufacturers, 2010
  • Table 57: Suntech, Key Facts, 2010
  • Table 58: Suntech, SWOT Analysis
  • Table 59: JA Solar, Key Facts, 2010
  • Table 60: JA Solar, SWOT Analysis
  • Table 61: First Solar, Key Facts, 2010
  • Table 62: First Solar, SWOT Analysis
  • Table 63: Infineon Technologies AG, Key Facts, 2010
  • Table 64: Infineon Technologies AG, SWOT Analysis
  • Table 65: Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc., Key Facts, 2010
  • Table 66: Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc., Major Products and Services
  • Table 67: Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc., SWOT Analysis
  • Table 68: Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Abbreviations

List of Figures

  • Figure 1: Solar PV System Process Flow
  • Figure 2: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 3: Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Global, Consumption Breakdown on the Basis of Key Products,(%), 2011
  • Figure 4: Photovoltaic (PV) Cells in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 5: PV Cells in Solar PV Power Systems, Global, Consumption Breakdown on the Basis of Key Cell Types,(%), 2011
  • Figure 6: Crystalline Cells in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 7: Thin-Film Cells in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 8: IGBTs/MOSFETs in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 9: Couplers in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 10: Logic IC in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 11: Analog IC in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 12: Micro Components in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 13: Optical Components in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 14: Other Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems Market, Global Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 15: Semiconductors in Solar PV Power Systems, Global, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Regions,(%), 2011
  • Figure 16: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Europe, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 17: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Europe Market, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Countries,(%), 2011
  • Figure 18: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Germany, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 19: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Italy, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 20: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Czech Republic, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 21: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, France, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 22: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Rest of Europe, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 23: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Asia-Pacific, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 24: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, APAC Market, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Countries,(%), 2011
  • Figure 25: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Japan, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 26: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, China, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 27: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Australia, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 28: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Rest of APAC, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 29: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, North America, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 30: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, North America, Breakdown on the Basis of Key Countries,(%), 2011
  • Figure 31: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, US, Sales Revenue, ($bn), 2004-2015
  • Figure 32: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Canada, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 33: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Rest of North America, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 34: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, Middle East and Africa, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 35: Semiconductors in Solar PV Systems, South and Central America, Sales Revenue, ($m), 2004-2015
  • Figure 36: PV Cells, Global, Market Share (%), 2010
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