Discuss the Future of the Thin Film Industry by 2020

(PresseBox) ( Brussels, )
Photovoltaic electricity is poised to become a mainstream electricity source by 2020 in Europe and the thin film technologies will play a key role to ensure this up-take. The 2nd EPIA International Thin Film Conference to be held next 12 November 2009 in Munich, Germany will address this challenge.

Although all PV technologies benefit from high expansion rates, thin film capacities are currently expanding faster than other technologies. Approximately 4GW of thin film capacity is expected to be available by the end of 2010. This would represent 20% overall. By 2015, thin films would already represent 30% of the total EU market with a balanced distribution between silicon thin film and II-VI compounds (CdTe, CIGS).

This conference will analyse, under the current economic context, the future market and production scenarios for the Thin Film Industry, based on the results of the SET For 2020 study commissioned by EPIA with the strategic management consultancy A.T Kearney. The study reveals how PV electricity could provide up to 12% of the EU electricity demand by 2020.

Relevant speakers, representing the whole PV value chain, will share their views on the new PV Industry target of 12% (350-400GWp of PV systems installed in Europe by 2020) and its translation for the Thin Film Industry (50GW of Thin Films annually installed by 2020).

Renowned experts from the sector will also address key topics of interest for the Thin Film Industry such as:

- Module and equipment technology developments
- Equipment supply and production capacities vs. expected demand
- Potential of Thin Film technologies for cost reduction
- Materials and energy needs until 2020
- Most promising markets for Thin Film

Finally, during a high level panel discussion, PV market leaders like Q-Cells, First Solar, SolarWorld or Würth Solar, together with analysts, will share and discuss with the audience the most relevant findings of the conference in terms of global market trends and the latest technological achievements in the sector.

The outcomes of this event will outline the way forward for the Thin Film Industry in the crucial timeframe of 2020.

Over 200 participants are expected to attend the event.
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