PERC and PERL cell architectures have become significantly more common among tier-one x-Si solar players in the past two years; meanwhile, companies like First Solar and SolarCity are investing in n-type, bifacial cell technologies to target distributed generation markets. In this report, we will lay out the possibilities for continued cell evolution as manufacturers continue to increase investments in R&D, with a focus on higher efficiencies and lower production costs to drive the next wave of solar deployment.
Table of Contents
- High-efficiency silicon cell and modules types are the next wave of solar innovation.
- By 2020, high-efficiency cell structures will displace the deployment of incumbent Al BSF modules for utility-scale applications, but especially in distributed generation markets.
TABLE OF FIGURES
- Figure 1: Graphic Cross-section of an Incumbent High-efficiency c-Si Cell
- Figure 2: Graphic Cross-section of a PERC Cell
- Figure 3: Graphic Cross-section of an MWT Cell
- Figure 4: Graphic Cross-section of an HJT Monofacial Cell
- Figure 5: Graphic Cross-section of a Bifacial Module
- Figure 6: Graphic Cross-section of an IBC Cell
- Figure 7: Graphic Cross-section of PERL and PERT Cells
- Figure 8: Graphic Half-cut Si Cells Decrease Resistive Losses and Increase Module Output
- Figure 9: Table Select Companies Currently Active in High-efficiency c-Si Cells and Module Structures
- Figure 10: Graphic Distributed Generation Will Drive Innovation and Adoption of High-efficiency Cells and Modules
- Figure 11: Graphic Module Efficiency for Each Technology over Time
- Figure 12: Graphic Cost of Goods Sold per Module for Each Technology over Time
- Figure 13: Graphic PERC and MWT Join BSF as Winning Technologies for Distributed Solar Markets
- Figure 14: Graphic Cost and Commercial Readiness Drive Utility Adoption of AL BSF, PERC, and MWT modules