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Intro and Overview
Trends and Forces
Key Trends and Forces
- One of the fastest growing solar companies, with one of the most efficient cells around.
- The largest photovoltaic cell manufacturer in the world.
Suntech Power Holdings
- A Chinese photovoltaic cell company that is muscling its way into world solar markets.
JA Solar Holdings,
- A Chinese PV company that only sells monocrystalline solar cells; it lets its customers take care of building the modules and systems.
Solarfun Power Holdings
- Another Chinese PV company that operates 90% in Europe and makes most of its money by selling modules, rather than individual cells.
- A solar company that produces string ribbon PV cells and operates at all production levels from silicon wafer to power system.
- A Japanese electronics company that is also a major manufacturer of solar cells.
Q-Cells - A privately owned, German solar manufacturer.
- Not primarily photovoltaic cell manufacturers, but heavy market competitors nonetheless.
- A Concentrated Photovoltaic System manufacturer that uses Gallium arsenide PV cells and got its start in the solar business making power cells for satellites.
Energy Conversion Devices
- This company uses amorphous thin-film silicon in its ultra-thin, albeit low-efficiency solar cells.
Introduction and Overview
Trends and Forces
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