Searching for Game Changers in Photovoltaic Materials Innovations: Next-Generation Technologies that Drive Down $/W

March 26, 2012 | State of the Market Report

With the current PV market conditions it may seem counter-intuitive to invest in PV innovation. But since not much more can be squeezed from the cost structure of incumbent PV manufacturing techniques, innovations in materials and cell designs are needed to retrieve profit margins. Disruptive PV technologies that are easy to scale, result in module efficiency gains, and reduce capital and materials costs will be the likely game changers.

Coverage Area

  • Owning the Energy Transition

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    PV innovation is not done yet; it is imperative to scout new PV technologies today to be best-positioned with next-generation products tomorrow.
  • Analysis
    Next-generation PV technologies will be adopted based on their ease of scalability from small to large area, module efficiency gains, and capital and materials costs.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

Lead Analyst

Fatima Toor, Ph.D.


Ed Cahill
Matthew Feinstein
Chris Hartshorn, Ph.D.