When we consider solar, there are a couple of things we know for sure: 1) The job of a solar cell is to absorb as much sunlight as possible and then convert it into usable electrical power. 2) That light reflected is energy lost. The challenge has been, what can be done to reduce the 4 percent of incident light - and the corresponding amount of energy- lost from a typical PV solar panel because of reflection? Thanks to the efforts of a research team at Loughborough University (G. Womack, P.M. Kaminski, A. Abbas, K. Isbilir, R. Gottschalg and J.M. Walls ) in the UK, one solution to the problem may be at hand.
China has already once completely transformed the PV industry and maybe about to do so again. This is a major event for the conductive paste industry because the PV industry remains the primary volume market for firing-type pastes, generating a demand more than 1450 tpa in 2016. Any changes in this market will affect the entire industry, including the supplier business dynamics of all those nascent emerging markets that are apparently unrelated. In this article, IDTechEx briefly discuss major industry trends.