The purpose of this update is to examine the latest opportunities and
challenges for organic photovoltaics (OPV) over the next eight years.
Specifically, this update provides a market analysis of recent developments in
OPV, and it updates the NanoMarkets eight-year forecasts for OPV materials and
We examine the latest products, strategies and technical developments of the
industry. We assess whether performance improvements are likely to help grow
addressable markets for OPV, or whether the OPV market's growth will continue
to underperform, thereby threatening to derail OPV completely.
As part of the update, we examine the potential for OPV in the
building-integrated and/or building-applied PV (BIPV/BAPV) sector in light of
strong competition from other emerging PV technologies, particularly from
dye-sensitize cell (DSC) and copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide (CIGS) PV. We
also consider how OPV is likely to do in a world in which solar energy is not
the hot topic that it was a few years ago.
Materials covered include the critical components of the cells and modules:
donors, acceptors, hole transport layers (HTLs), and electron transport layers
(ETLs); transparent and nontransparent electrode materials; encapsulation
materials; and substrates.
The OPV device markets are considered in light of the various applications
they are targeted toward, which include off-grid portable charging, solar
shades, conventional panels and BIPV (including flexible BIPV, BIPV glass, and
building-applied PV (BAPV), etc.
This report updates a 2011 NanoMarkets analysis of the OPV market (see
here). Clients may purchase this release as a stand alone item or they can
purchase the 2011 version and receive the update at no additional cost.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Objectives and Scope of this Report
Chapter Two: Is Time Running Out For OPV?
- 2.1 Significant Performance Improvements in 2011-2012
- 2.2 Competition with DSC
- 2.3 Where are the Applications for OPV?
- 2.3.1 Solar Chargers
- 2.3.2 Other Off-Grid Applications
- 2.3.3 BIPV Applications - the Future of OPV?
- 2.4 Options for OPV Firms Shifting Away from OPV
- 2.5 Problems in the Wider PV Market that Affect OPV
- 2.6 Is Investment in OPV Still Worthwhile?
Chapter Three: Eight-Year Forecasts for OPV
- 3.1 Explanation of Methodology
- 3.1.1 Data Sources
- 3.1.2 Scope of the Forecast
- 3.2 Changes in Forecasting Assumptions
- 3.2.1 Efficiency Assumptions
- 3.2.2 Changes in Demand in the Early Years of the Forecast
- 3.3 Off-Grid OPV Markets
- 3.4 Grid-Connected OPV Markets
- 3.5 OPV Materials Forecasts
- 3.6 Summaries of OPV Markets
- Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in This Report
- About the Author
List of Exhibits
- Exhibit 2-1: Key OPV Efficiency-Related Improvements and Products Over
the Last Year
- Exhibit 2-2: Conversion Efficiencies (Peak Power) of Typical PV
- Exhibit 2-3: Summary of Solar Charging Applications
- Exhibit 2-4: OPV Firms with BIPV Strategies
- Exhibit 3-1: Efficiency Improvements Over Time in the OPV Market 2012-2019
- Exhibit 3-2: The Off-Grid OPV Market by Application 2012-2019
- Exhibit 3-3: Grid-Connected OPV Applications 2012-2019
- Exhibit 3-4: The OPV Materials Market 2012-2019
- Exhibit 3-5: OPV Materials Market by Category 2012-2019 ($ Millions)
- Exhibit 3-6: Summary of the OPV Market 2012-2019
- Exhibit 3-7: Summary of OPV Market by Application 2012-2019
- Exhibit 3-8: Summary of Grid-Connected vs. Off-Grid OPV 2012-2019