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Photovoltaics taking big steps towards competitiveness - solarpeq 2012

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 @ 12:17 PM

Following the drop of module prices, solar energy systems cannot get much cheaper for the time being – or so we thought. But the cost reduction potential of photovoltaics is far from exhausted: when it comes to raw materials and components, considerable savings are still possible.

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The reason for the rapid price decrease is the tough competition within the PV industry. Chinese manufacturers in particular have invested heavily in new technology and have quickly developed major production facilities. The consequence: massive surplus capacities which are forcing producers to sell their modules in some cases below their production costs.

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For the solar energy industry the price decline is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, an increasing number of manufacturers worldwide are in the red because due to the high losses caused in the price battle with their Asian competitors. On the other hand, the PV sector is taking giant strides towards competitiveness. According to the standard electricity price formula (with system prices of 1.50 Euro per watt), the kilowatt hour (kWh) can already be produced for 12 Eurocents today. As a result, solar power in Germany is still around four Eurocents more expensive than the kWh produced by conventional gas power and coal power stations, which currently costs about eight Eurocents. Due to lower electricity production costs, PV is already very close to being competitive in countries such as Italy, Spain and the U.S. In many nations of the world, solar energy will therefore no longer be dependent on funding.

But taking the last step towards competitiveness will be tough for the sector. According to a study conducted by the British market research institute IMS Research in early 2011, the price of wafers for example - the preliminary stage of cells - fell by 70% to 30 US cents by the first quarter of 2012. Therefore there is not much downwards range in this key sector of the solar value chain.

 

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Nevertheless, there is hope for the solar energy industry. The system level, including inverters, frames and cabling along with installation, still offers great savings potential. Whereas as much as one third of the total costs of a solar project were still accounted for by the so-called Balance-of-System (BOS) costs in 2010, their share is now approximately around half of that.

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            On the raw materials side, the price curve is also clearly moving downwards. Raw materials expert Simon Jäger from the Frankfurt Dekabank estimatesthat the silicone price will reach a new record low of $20 per kilogram in the coming months due to increasing production capacities. By comparison: when the PV boom started five years ago, due to the dramatic increase in demand, 1 kg of silicon on the spot market cost up to $400, in other words 20 times the current amount.

Another approach aimed at reducing costs is offered by so-called alumino-silicate glass, which can be obtained cost effectively from residual materials such as industrial slay, and compared to the previously used raw glass, offers the advantage of coating at high temperatures.

At solarpeq 2012, International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment and the concurrently staged glasstec 2012, International Trade Fair for Glass Production – Processing – Products, from October 23 – 26, 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany, visitors will get a broad overview of the innovations and visions presented by the glass producers. In addition, on October 22 and 23, the “solar meets glass” conference will focus on the interface topics of the glass and solar energy industry and also address the issue of costs.


Topics: glass, glass show, glasstec, solar, solar technology, solarpeq, glass trade fair, glass trade show

solarpeq - The New Trade Fair for the Development of Solar Energy

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 @ 08:49 AM

Solar energy has increased at a remarkable pace in the United States and throughout the world over the past decade.  The resulting cost per kilowatt-hour of solar PV (photovoltaic) systems has been dropping while electricity generated from traditional fossil fuels has become increasingly expensive.  As a result, industry experts predict that solar power will reach cost parity with conventional power sources in many U.S. markets by 2015.


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In July 2010, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama announced $2 billion in new investments to help build clean energy technology and create thousands of jobs in the United States.  Industry analysts now believe that the United States and Germany will be the largest PV markets in the world within five years, with expected market growth rates of 20 percent annually.

Embracing these dynamic international market directions, glasstec 2010 will now also cater to an industry segment widely considered to be the world's fastest growing energy technology:  solar energy production.

Under the name solarpeq – International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment – this interesting and exciting trade show opened its doors today in Duesseldorf, Germany.  In 2008, the last time glasstec was held and before solarpeq was conceived, over 150 glasstec exhibitors introduced their innovations within the solar/photovoltaic sector, and now this year 250 exhibitors from 30 countries will present their companies and products at the debut of solarpeq.

solarpeq is open to all companies offering process engineering / production equipment for thin film and crystalline PV - from machinery and equipment for the production of solar applications to suppliers of components and raw materials, and will highlight the following product categories:

  • Cell and module production (crystalline and thin-film)
  • Silicon and ingot production
  • Wafer production
  • Components and process-accompanying technology
  • Measurement and testing technology/software
  • Solar glass

Be sure to join us in embracing this technology and this new trade show platform for the production of solar based power:  SOLARPEQ 2010!

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glasstec and solarpeq 2010 Exhibitor Kits Available Online

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 @ 14:05 PM

Exhibitor applications for glasstec 2010, International Trade Fair for Glass Production - Processing - Products and solarpeq 2010, International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment, are now available online at http://www.glasstec-online.com/ and http://www.solarpeq.com/ or can be ordered from Messe Düsseldorf North America. Both events will be held concurrently from September 28 - October 1, 2010 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. For more information, click here.

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glasstec 2010 held on four days and with solarpeq 2010

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 @ 22:34 PM

glasstec 2010, International Trade Fair for Glass Production - Processing - Products, will offer exhibitors and visitors a comprehensively revised structure. As part of the new concept and as a reaction to exhibitor requests, glasstec will take place on only four days instead of five (Tuesday, September 28 to Friday, October 1; not on Saturday). As a reflection of the glass market, glasstec 2010 will also be catering to a segment that has recently experienced a particularly dynamic development: solar production technology. "solarpeq - International Trade Fair For Solar Production Equipment" will be held concurrently with glasstec. For more information, click here.

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