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Global Solar Power Industry

  • June 2014
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  • Aruvian's R'search
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  • 305 pages

The harnessing of solar energy is not new in fact, development of solar energy dates back more than 100 years, to the middle of the industrial revolution. Solar energy is pollution-free, an important benefit when the cost of removing pollutants from the environment is considered. For example, a typical SWH system will, over its lifetime, displace 10.5 tons of CO2 if replacing a natural gas system, or 71.5 tons if replacing an electric system.

The solar thermal industry is capable of becoming a dynamic, innovative annual business within 20 years, unlocking a new global era of economic, technological and environmental progress. The benefits of solar power are compelling: environmental protection, economic growth, job creation, diversity of fuel supply and rapid deployment, as well as the global potential for technology transfer and innovation. The underlying advantage of solar energy is that the fuel is free, abundant and inexhaustible. The total amount of energy irradiated from the sun to the earth’s surface is enough to provide for annual global energy consumption 10,000 times over.

The solid industrial and political commitment to the expansion of the solar thermal power plant industry shows that the current surge of activity in the solar electricity sector is only a foretaste of the potential, massive transformation and expansion over the coming decades.

Aruvian Research analyzes the Global Solar Power Industry in this in-depth research offering. The report begins with an overview of solar power and the various uses of solar power. Technologies associated with solar power such as parabolic trough, central receiver/solar tower, parabolic dish, passive and active technologies are discussed in the report as well as the associated costs of solar power technology. The impact of solar power on the consumer energy industry is also analyzed in the report.

We analyze the global solar photovoltaic industry through an industry overview, benefits of photovoltaics, market profile, market size, regulatory impacts as well as concerns over silicon supply and how it impacts the global solar PV industry.

Marketing and economizing solar power by connecting to the grid is analyzed. We also look at the Western Governor's Association Solar Task Force along with California's Solar Initiative.

Key solar power markets analyzed in this report include Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, development of solar power in the European Union, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, UK and the US. We also give an overview of solar power in Africa. In total we analyze 20 key markets.

The growth of concentrated solar power has been phenomenal in recent years and we analyze the global market for concentrated solar power in the report. We include an industry overview, industry size, power generation statistics from CSP, key markets and their installed capacities as well as industry investments.

Moving on to the analysis of the major industry players, we analyze the leading 50 players in the industry through a business segment profile, financial analysis and a SWOT analysis. Companies analyzed include players such as First Solar, Aleo Solar, SunPower Corporation, Abengoa Solar, China Sunergy and many others.

Table Of Contents

Global Solar Power Industry
A. Executive Summary

B. Solar Power
B.1 What is Solar Power?
B.2 Pros and Cons of Solar Power
B.3 Readily Available Solar Power

C. Various Uses of Solar Power
C.1 Daylighting
C.2 Heliostat Power Plants
C.3 Passive Solar Building Design
C.4 Solar Cookers
C.5 Solar Electric Vehicles
C.6 Solar Hot Water Systems
C.7 Solar Photovoltaic Technology
C.8 Solar Power Satellites
C.9 Solar Thermal Energy
C.10 Solar Updraft Tower

D. Technologies Associated with Solar Power
D.1 Parabolic Trough
D.2 Central Receiver or Solar Tower
D.3 Parabolic Dish
D.4 Direct and Indirect Technology
D.5 Concentrating and Non-Concentrating Technology
D.6 Passive and Active Technology

E. Costs and Advances in Solar Power Technology
E.1 Parabolic Trough Systems
E.1.1 Present Projects
E.1.2 Economics
E.2 Central Receiver/Solar Tower Systems
E.2.1 Present Projects
E.2.2 Economics
E.3 Parabolic Dish Engines
E.3.1 Present Projects
E.3.2 Economics
E.4 Future of Electricity Production Using Solar Power

F. Effect of Solar Power on Consumer Energy Industry

G. Solar Power and the Global Photovoltaic Industry
G.1 Overview
G.2 Benefits of PV
G.3 Market Profile
G.4 Market Size
G.5 Regulatory Drivers
G.6 Concerns over Silicon Supply

H. Marketing and Economizing Solar Power
H.1 Connecting to the Grid
H.2 Selling Electricity
H.3 Western Governors Association Solar Task Force
H.4 California's Solar Initiative

I. Development and Applications of Renewable Solar Power Systems
I.1 Introduction
I.2 Solar RFC Power System
I.3 Applications
I.4 Conclusion

J. Using Solar Energy Effectively in Agriculture
J.1 Solar Electric Systems
J.2 Water Pumps
J.3 Lighting
J.4 Small Motors
J.5 Ventilation
J.6 Heating Greenhouses
J.7 Generating Heat for Farmland Purposes

K. Research and Development

L. Analyzing the Key Markets
L.1 Africa
L.2 Australia
L.3 Canada
L.4 China
L.5 Denmark
L.6 European Union
L.7 France
L.8 Germany
L.9 India
L.10 Israel
L.11 Italy
L.12 Japan
L.13 Mexico
L.14 New Zealand
L.15 Portugal
L.16 Saudi Arabia
L.17 Spain
L.18 Turkey
L.19 United Kingdom
L.20 United States

M. Global Market for Concentrated Solar Power
M.1 Industry Overview
M.2 Industry Size
M.3 Power Generation from Concentrated Solar Power
M.4 CSP Installed Capacity - Key Markets
M.5 Industry Investments

N. Leading Companies
N.1 Amonix
N.1.1 Business Profile
N.1.2 Financial Analysis
N.1.3 SWOT Analysis
N.2 Aleo Solar
N.2.1 Business Profile
N.2.2 Financial Analysis
N.2.3 SWOT Analysis
N.3 First Solar, Inc.
N.3.1 Business Profile
N.3.2 Financial Analysis
N.3.3 SWOT Analysis
N.4 Florida Power and Light Company (FPL)
N.4.1 Business Profile
N.4.2 Financial Analysis
N.4.3 SWOT Analysis
N.5 Spire Corporation
N.5.1 Business Profile
N.5.2 Financial Analysis
N.5.3 SWOT Analysis
N.6 SunPower Corporation
N.6.1 Business Profile
N.6.2 Financial Analysis
N.6.3 SWOT Analysis
N.7 Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd
N.7.1 Business Profile
N.7.2 Financial Analysis
N.7.3 SWOT Analysis
N.8 Abengoa Solar SA
N.9 Abound Solar
N.10 Acciona Solar
N.11 Atlantis Energy
N.12 BP Solar
N.13 BrightSource Industries
N.14 BSR Solar Technologies
N.15 China Sunergy
N.16 Coolearth Solar
N.17 Entech Engineering, Inc.
N.18 Evergreen Solar
N.19 GE Power
N.20 GT Solar
N.21 HelioVolt Corporation
N.22 Konarka Technologies
N.23 Kyocera Solar
N.24 Nanosolar
N.25 Photowatt
N.26 PowerLight Corporation
N.27 Sanyo
N.28 Siemens Solar
N.29 Sharp Solar Energy Systems
N.30 Shell Solar
N.31 Solel Solar Systems
N.32 Solar Millennium AG
N.33 TerraSolar
N.34 Trina Solar Energy
N.35 Unisolar

O. Appendix

P. Glossary of Terms

List of Figures

Figure 1: Parabolic Trough
Figure 2: Central Receiver or Solar Tower
Figure 3: Parabolic Dish
Figure 4: Active Open Loop System
Figure 5: Closed Loop, Freeze-Protection System
Figure 6: Batch Collector Passive System
Figure 7: Active Indirect System
Figure 8: Photovoltaic Roof System
Figure 9: Annual Market (MW) and Annual Growth Rate (%)
Figure 10: Solar RFC Power System
Figure 11: Space Application of RFC Power System
Figure 12: Solar Resource in Africa
Figure 13: Solar Map of Europe
Figure 14: Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Solarishi
Figure 15: Solar Troughs in the Negev Desert of Israel
Figure 16: Solar Resources in Italy
Figure 17: Solar Resources in Portugal
Figure 18: Solar Resources in Turkey
Figure 19: Solar Resources in the US
Figure 20: Global Market for CSP (DNI) (kWh/m2 Per Day), 2012
Figure 21: Global CSP Market in Terms of Installed Capacity (in MW), 2001-2020
Figure 22: Global Market for CSP Industry Size (in USD Billion), 2006-2020
Figure 23: Global Power Generation from CSP (in GWh), 2001-2020
Figure 24: Installed Capacity of CSP by Country (%), 2013
Figure 25: Global Investments in the CSP Market, (in USD Million), 2008-2012
Figure 26: Investments in the Global CSP Market by Country (%), 2013
Figure 27: Type of Investments in the Global CSP Market (%), 2013
Figure 28: A Schematic Arrangement of a PV Cell
Figure 29: Solar Parabolic Trough System Combined with Fossil Fuel Firing to Generate Electrical Power
Figure 30: Arrangement of a Central Receiver Solar Thermal System
Figure 31: A Solar Pond Arrangement
Figure 32: Integrated Solar/Combined Cycle System (ISCC)

List of Tables

Table 1: Annual Market (MW) and Annual Growth Rate (%)
Table 2: Public Budgets for RandD, Demonstration/field Trials, and Market Stimulation in 2013
Table 3: PV Capacity in China (in MW), 1999-2013
Table 4: Installed PV Capacity in Denmark (in MWp), 1993-2012
Table 5: PV per Capita by Countries in the European Union, 2011-2013
Table 6: CSP in Europe (MWpeak), 2007-2012
Table 7: Largest PV Power Plants in India
Table 8: PV Capacity in Israel (in MW), 2004-2013
Table 9: PV on-grid installed capacity and generation by year in Italy, 2006-2012
Table 10: Largest PV Plants in Italy
Table 11: PV Capacity in Mexico (in MW), 1992-2012
Table 12: Total PV Capacity Installed and Generation Capacity in Portugal, 2005-2013
Table 13: Solar Power in the United Kingdom, 2008-2013
Table 14: Global CSP Market in Terms of Installed Capacity (in MW), 2001-2020
Table 15: Global Market for CSP Industry Size (in USD Billion), 2006-2020
Table 16: Global Power Generation from CSP (in GWh), 2001-2020
Table 17: Global Investments in the CSP Market, (in USD Million), 2008-2012
Table 18: Early Solar Thermal Power Plants
Table 19: Comparison of Solar Thermal Power Technologies
Table 20: Cost Reductions in Parabolic Trough Solar Thermal Power Plants

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