At the end of 2008, the cumulative global installed capacity of
solar PV systems reached 15 gigawatts growing by more than 50% during
the year. Roughly 90% of this generating capacity consists of grid-tied
electrical systems. Europe maintained it’s positioned as the global
leader with strong growth coming from Spanish market which added about
2.5GW of new capacity in 2008. Financial incentives, such as
preferential feed-in tariffs for solar-generated electricity and net
metering, have supported solar PV installations in many countries in
The report European Solar Photovoltaic Market (2009) analyzes this
industry, starting from the basics to what is driving this industry.
The report starts off with a brief overview of the European energy
market which contains data on European energy statistics, outlook for
the industry, the growing focus on renewable energy, and of course, the
potential of solar energy in the region. The report then moves on the
discussing the basic technology behind solar photovoltaics. The section
looks at PV cells and modules, inverters, the various components of a
PV system, and the various types of PV systems available today.
Moving on to the European photovoltaic industry, the report analyzes
the entire PV market in terms of application area, global as well as
European PV production statistics, and the future potential of solar
photovoltaics. Strategies and recommendations for researchers,
analysts, and in general, is a highlight of this section of the report.
A brief cost analysis of solar photovoltaics in Europe is also done
based on types of PV applications. Estimates for current and future PV
generation costs are also provided.
The report then analyses each of the major European PV markets one
by one. Countries covered in this segment are – Austria, Denmark,
France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, United Kingdom and New EU Member States including Czech
Republic, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Poland and Romania among others.
For each of these countries we have covered the PV production and
installation statistics, policy structure, recent R&D initiatives
and future potential of the market.
Further, leading PV companies in Europe are discussed, which include
Aleo Solar, Q-Cells, Scheuten Solar, Siemens, Solarworld and Isofoton
among others. Primary solar photovoltaic projects, and PV plants, such
as the Solar Park in Beneixama, the Solar Power Plant in Saarbrucken
Airport, etc., are also profiled, along with statistical data, in this
Key Topics Covered:
I. Executive Summary
II. European Energy Market
III. Solar Pv – Basic Technology
IV. European Photovoltaic Market
V. Key European Pv Markets
VI. Major Solar Pv Companies
VII. Solar Pv Projects / Plants
VIII. Future Of European Pv Markets
IX. Appendix And Glossary
– Aleo Solar
– Aplicaciones Tecnicas de las Energia (ATERSA)
– Centrosolar Group AG
– Isofoton S.A.
– Photowatt International SA
– Photowatt Technologies
– Q-Cells AG
– REC ASA
– Romag Ltd.
– Scheuten Solar
– Scheuten Solar Systems BV
– SCHOTT Solar AG
– Siemens Solar
– Solar-Fabrik AG
– Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente, S.A.
– Solarwatt AG
– Solarworld AG
– Solon SE
– Wacker Schott Solar GmbH
– XGROUP S.p.A.