Investment drought hits thin-film

Solar Frontier's busy factories are an exception in the thin-film sector

Solar Frontier's busy factories are an exception in the thin-film sector

Thin-film will see its share of the global PV production dwindle to just 7% by 2017, down from the high-water mark of 16% in 2009, according to market researcher NPD Solarbuzz. 

Investments into new thin-film production capacity exceeded $1bn annually between 2007-2012 as new entrants poured into the sector, but is on pace to fall to just $340m this year.

“For thin-film to return to double-digit market share, investments are required from new entrants,” says Finlay Colville, NPD Solarbuzz vice president.

“While the focus in the past was for new thin-film capacity in Europe and the US, emerging regions across the Middle East, Africa and Latin America may provide the funding and resources for the next investment cycle,” Colville says.

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