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IMS Research : CPV market to double in 2012

Amonix , a provider of high efficiency III-V compound semiconductor based multi-junction cells, was found to be the largest supplier to the market

The concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) market is forecast to double in 2012 and reach almost 90 MW or $325 million, according to a new report from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS Inc.).

IMS Research predicts installations of this emerging technology will grow rapidly over the next five years to reach almost 1.2 GW by 2016.

The market research firm's recently released report. " The World Market for Concentrated PV (CPV) - 2012", revealed that the CPV market is predicted to reach almost 90 MW in 2012 and at the same time revenues are predicted to increase by more than 60 percent to reach $325 million.

IMS predicts that despite strong competition from conventional PV systems, there is still an attractive market for CPV in its target regions.

“CPV suppliers are being forced to continually decrease costs in order to compete with the rapidly falling cost of PV systems. The technology is still relatively new and faces bankability issues. Despite this, CPV suppliers have made significant progress in the USA market, with a forecast 13 percent share of the target market in 2012, rising to a predicted 27 percent by 2016” explains report co-author and IMS Research Analyst Jemma Davies.

Whilst CPV is forecast to remain a niche in the overall PV landscape, in the long-term, the report found that the outlook for CPV remains positive. Installations forecast to capture an 18 percent share of its target market (ground mount systems with a direct normal irradiance DNI above 6kWh/m2/day) by 2016.

High concentration PV (HCPV) systems are forecast to dominate the market in 2012, although low concentration PV (LCPV) installations are forecast to accelerate over the next five years. The latter is expected to capture a 20 percent share of the CPV market by 2016.

“Currently LCPV suppliers have not entered the market aggressively, however with recognised companies such as SunPower poised to install a significant amount from 2013, these products are set to gain market share as a result” adds report co-author Sam Wilkinson.

According to the report, the most attractive markets for CPV will be the U.S. and Central America as well as Middle East and Africa (excluding South Africa), which will see CPV capturing up to a 27 percent share of the high DNI target markets by 2016. In particular, regions such as South West U.S., Chile, Saudi Arabia and Morocco are predicted to see high growth, with conditions in these regions suited to CPV.

The research profiled over 30 CPV suppliers. In 2011 the market was dominated by the top five suppliers, which accounted for almost 90 percent of installations.

Amonix , a provider of high efficiency III-V based multi-junction cells was found to be the largest supplier to the market.

However, since the closure of its operations earlier this year and as the number of suppliers commercialising their products increases, the competitive landscape is expected to shift considerably. Suppliers such as Soitec and SolFocus are expected to gain market share in 2012 according to the report.

IMS Research’s report, "The World Market for Concentrated PV (CPV) – 2012" was published in September and contains forecasts and analysis for this fast growing segment of the PV industry.

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