Thin Film Solar PV Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Thin Film Solar PV Market is segmented by Type (Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS), and Amorphous Silicon (a-Si)), and Geography (North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World).

Thin Film Solar PV Industry Overview

Thin-Film Solar PV Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2019 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 23.02 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Thin Film Solar PV Market Analysis

The market for thin-film solar PV is expected to register a CAGR of 23.02% during the forecast period of 2020 – 2025. 

  • Factors, such as low PV module prices and technological advancements made to improve the efficiency of thin-film solar cells, are the major drivers of the market studied. However, as thin-film panels require a larger area than alternative types of solar PV modules, the mere size of the system negatively affects the cost-effectiveness of the thin-film PV module systems, as the panel output losses offset less installation cost due to lower efficiencies. This factor, in turn, is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Globally, the photovoltaic (PV) solar cells based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) represent the largest segment of commercial thin-film module production as it is a lower-cost alternative to conventional silicon-based technologies.
  • Tariffs on Imported Solar Cells (c-Si) and Modules in the United States is expected to create an ample opportunity for thin-film manufacturers.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world with the majority of the demand coming from the countries, such as China, and Japan.

Thin Film Solar PV Industry Segments

The thin-film solar PV market report include:

Cadmium Telluride (CdTe)
Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS)
Amorphous Silicon (a-Si)
North America
Rest of the World

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Thin Film Solar PV Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Thin Film Solar PV Market according to our research experts:

Cadmium-Telluride (CdTe) Thin Film Solar Cells to Dominate the Market

  • Cadmium-Telluride (CdTe) thin film solar cells can be manufactured at low costs, as cadmium can be generated as a byproduct of mining, smelting, and refining of zinc, lead, and copper.
  • This photovoltaic technology uses cadmium telluride, which enables the production of solar cells at a relatively low cost. Of all solar energy technologies, this is the only one that requires the least amount of water for production.
  • CdTe thin film PV solar cells have higher cell efficiencies up to 16.7% than other thin film technologies.
  • The United States is a global leader in CdTe PV manufacturing. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been at the forefront of research and development (R&D) in this area.
  • In 2018, CdTe generated electricity at considerable cost that is less than or equal to traditional fossil-fuel energy sources. It has a scope for further improvement.
Thin Film Solar PV Market - Cadmium-Telluride (CdTe) Annual Module Production

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific has accounted for the major share in the thin film solar PV market, owing to the increasing deployment of solar PV modules in utility-scale, commercial, and residential applications.
  • China is one of the largest solar PV markets in the world, accounting for about 50% of global solar power demand in 2018. Thin film solar PVs are majorly being used in utility-scale projects in China.
  • In 2018, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had written a draft policy that would increase the renewable energy target from 20% to 35%, by 2030. Around 40 GW of new renewable capacity are expected to be connected to the grid in 2019, with around 50% of the new capacity expected to come from large-scale solar plants. The remaining share is expected to come from smaller and decentralized systems.
  • In 2018, the events organizing committee of Japan announced that it wanted to power the Tokyo Olympic Games exclusively through renewable energy. Organizers are also planning to purchase renewable energy from power companies, and to install solar panels wherever it is possible. As a part of this, the committee is making plans to build a number of solar roads made of thin film polycrystalline silicon to generate some of the power used by the 2020 games. This, in turn, is expected to boost the demand for thin film solar PV in the short term.
  • With factors, such as the upcoming utility-scale project, along with supportive policies and subsidies, the thin-film solar PV is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period.
Thin Film Solar PV Market - Growth Rate by Region

Thin Film Solar PV Market Competitor Analysis

The thin film solar PV market is partially consolidated. Some of the major companies include First Solar Inc., SolarPower Systems Inc., Kaneka Corporation, Solar Frontier K.K., and NanoPV Solar Inc.

Thin Film Solar PV Market Top Players

  1. First Solar Inc.

  2. Kaneka Corporation

  3. Solar Frontier K.K.

  4. NanoPV Solar Inc.

  5. SoloPower Systems, Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Thin Film Solar PV Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Installed Capacity, History, and Forecast in GW, till 2025

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cadmium Telluride (CdTe)

      2. 5.1.2 Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS)

      3. 5.1.3 Amorphous Silicon (a-Si)

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

      2. 5.2.2 Asia-Pacific

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 First Solar Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 SoloPower Systems Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Kaneka Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 Solar Frontier K.K.

      5. 6.2.5 NanoPV Solar Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd

      8. 6.2.8 Trony Solar Holdings Co. Ltd

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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Thin Film Solar PV Market Research FAQs

The Thin Film Solar PV Market is studied from 2019 - 2028.

The Thin Film Solar PV Market is growing at a CAGR of 23.02% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2019 - 2028.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

First Solar Inc., Kaneka Corporation, Solar Frontier K.K., NanoPV Solar Inc., SoloPower Systems, Inc. are the major companies operating in Thin Film Solar PV Market.

Thin Film Solar PV Industry Report

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the Thin Film Solar PV Market sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The Thin Film Solar PV Market research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the Thin Film Solar PV Market report PDF.

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