Published on March 26th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor44
21% Solar PV Learning Curve To Continue, Report Projects
March 26th, 2016 by Guest Contributor
Originally published on Sustainnovate.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers are still tracking along the historic 21% learning curve, going by the recently released 7th edition of the International Roadmap for Photovoltaics. The implication is that a number of solar PV cell, module, and wafer production technologies will lead to multicrystalline solar PV modules being produced with efficiencies allowing for 60-cell configurations at 310 W by the year 2026.
The new edition was produced using input from 31 different solar PV cell + module manufacturers (crystalline, polycrystalline, wafer, etc), PV research facilities, and industry material + equipment suppliers.
One of the key finding of the new International Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) report — which is put together by the German production equipment industrial association — is that signs point towards there being only very limited price-pressure relief for solar PV cell and module manufacturers this year.
The wording used in the report was: “The pressure on cell, and more painful(ly), on (PV) module manufacturing will persist.”
So, more of the same can be expected with regards to the cost-reductions seen in recent years achieved through reduced materials and production materials use.
The report notes that the average crystalline-silicon PV module price declined to 58¢/Wp in 2015 — from 62¢/Wp in 2014. This corresponds to manufacturing capacities of 50 GWp (in 2015) and 39.3 GWp (in 2014), according to the ITRPV.