Smart Coatings and Photovoltaics 2012

Date: 17 February 2012
NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:Smart Coatings and Photovoltaics report is part of NanoMarkets' ongoing coverage of materials and markets in photovoltaics (PV).

In this report, NanoMarkets examines the emerging opportunities for selling "smart" coatings into the solar panel industry. In this report we examine the potential for self-cleaning, self-healing, electrochromic and thermochromic coatings in the PV applications over the next eight years. It includes an assessment of where revenue generation will occur and which companies are likely to be the winners and losers in this space. The report also includes a detailed eight-year forecast of smart coating usage in the PV space, broken out by coated area and market value.

NanoMarkets has been covering the markets for PV materials for almost seven years and believes strongly that there are now growing opportunities to sell smart coatings into the PV sector. This report considers how smart coatings can create value for the PV industry under the changed circumstances that PV faces today, in which government subsidies are under threat and there are huge pressures to reduce PV costs across the industry.

In this environment, some PV module makers are seeking ways to differentiate themselves in a rapidly commoditizing market, such as through addition of self-cleaning or self-healing coatings to PV panels that improve performance and/or reduce cost-in-use. Others may seek to add new functionality to PV panels, such as by combining BIPV with an electrochromic smart window that enhances the value proposition of PV for end-users. Among firms discussed in this report are, Bayer MaterialScience, Cardinal Glass, Corning, Gentex, Nippon Sheet Glass, Nissan, PPG, Peer, SAGE Electrochromics, Saint-Gobain, and Soladigm.

Table of Contents Executive Summary

  • E.1 New opportunities for smart coatings in the PV industry since our last report
  • E.2 Maximizing performance of PV through smart coatings
  • E.3 Why flexible PV and BIPV glass matter to the future of smart coatings
  • E.4 Long-term potential for added functionality in smart coatings for PV
  • E.5 Summary of eight-year forecasts of smart coatings in PV applications

Chapter One: Introduction to this Report1.1 Background to this report1.1.1 Changes in the PV market that influence adoption of smart coatings1.1.2 How smart coatings improve the value proposition for PV1.2 Objectives and scope of this report1.3 Methodology of this report1.4 Plan of this report

Chapter Two: Markets for Smart Coatings that Enhance PV Performance

  • 2.1 Opportunities for self-cleaning coatings in PV
  • 2.1.1 The value of self-cleaning PV
  • 2.1.2 Suppliers of technologies for self-cleaning of PV panels
  • 2.2 Opportunities for self-repairing coatings in PV
  • 2.2.1 The value proposition for self-repair in PV
  • 2.2.2 Suppliers of technologies for self-repair of PV panels
  • 2.3 How do smart coatings fit into PV production
  • 2.3.1 Internal vs. external smart coatings
  • 2.3.2 Opportunities by PV type
  • 2.4 Key points made in this chapter

Chapter Three: Markets Smart Coatings that Add Functionality to PV3.1 Adding electrochromics to PV3.1.1 Dimmability for controlling power and improving aesthetics3.1.2 Other switchable technologies3.2 Opportunities for thermochromic devices in PV3.2.1 Improving safety of PV panels and protecting the investment3.3 Long-term potential for adding functionality3.3.1 Multifunctional windows: energy, light, and shading3.3.2 Adding PV to displays3.4 Key Points made in this chapter

Chapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Coatings for PV

  • 4.1 Forecasting methodology
  • 4.1.1 Data sources
  • 4.1.2 Alternative scenarios
  • 4.1.3 Differences from earlier NanoMarkets' forecasts
  • 4.2 Forecasts of performance-enhancing smart coatings for PV
  • 4.2.1 Self-cleaning smart coatings
  • 4.2.2 Self-repairing smart coatings
  • 4.3 Forecasts of added-functionality smart coatings for PV
  • 4.3.1 Electrochromic smart coatings
  • 4.3.2 Thermochromic smart coatings
  • 4.4 Summary of forecasts

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