More signs of bright solar outlook

In yet another sign that the solar market is taking off with no signs of flaring out, material supplier DuPont is making a concerted effort to gain a share of the burgeoning market.

The chemicals giant expects to achieve $1 billion in revenue from photovoltaic product sales this year, one year earlier than expected.Not surprisingly, the company’s also beefing up its efforts to become a leader in the field. DuPont Microcircuit Materials has developed a roadmap of technology options designed to help the industry improve efficiency by converting to crystalline silicon solar cells. DuPont hopes they will account for more than 20 percent of shipments by 2012.
The company supported its efforts by noting that global energy consumption is projected to increase 60 percent in the next 20 years. That will be driven in part by emerging markets, which will more than double demand in that period.
This bullish outlook, combined with the promise of changing technologies, also points up the need for standardization. IPC is exploring projects in this area, where standards are lacking.

Note: IPC will sponsor the Solar Energy and Solar Living Pavilion at www.ipcapexexpo.org in April in Las Vegas. Learn more about it.

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