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PV status report 2004, research, solar cell production and market implementation of photovoltaics

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


In 2004 the world wide production of photovoltaic modules is expected to break the 1 GW annual sales barrier continuing the average growth of over 30% per year during the last six years, which makes photovoltaics one of the fastest growing industries at present. This development is driven by market introduction programmes and rural electrification programmes in many countries around the world and supported by the progress in materials and processing technology. In the long term the growth rates for photovoltaics will continue to be high, even if political or economic frame conditions could lead to a short-term slow down of the growth rates.
The increasing demand for photovoltaic devices leads to the search for new developments with respect to material use and consumption, device design and production technologies, as well as new concepts to increase the overall efficiency.

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Authors: JAGER-WALDAU A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 211309 EN (2004), 98 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-8447-0
Record Number: 200517849 / Last updated on: 2005-01-25
Original language: en
Available languages: en