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First Solar’s modules found their way mainly in numerous big PV power plants in Germany. Besides the industrial activities in solar cell and module manufacturing, there is a remarkable activity in Germany in the field of production equipment. 2. 4. Silicon shortage Due to the rapid growth of the PV market and the steady success of the crystalline silicon solar cell, the market share of polysilicon for PV grew much faster than the semiconductor business. Already in 2004, it became obvious that the polysilicon producers would not be able to provide sufficient material for this upcoming new business sector.
Such systems have the advantage that they have a more constant power generation throughout the day but the disadvantage that they require locations which are substantially free of haze and clouds, that is, it has to be considered a “blue sky” technology. Its technological development has been started in earnest in 1975, and the reasons why this very promising technology had not captured a significant market share by the year 2000 had been analyzed in an excellent paper by Richard Swanson (Swanson, 2000), the founder of the market leader in high efficiency crystalline silicon PV modules, Sunpower Corporation.
Other examples of technology transfer from outside China are Yingli Solar, which closely cooperates with the National Energy Research Laboratory of the Netherlands ECN on the advanced n-type metal wrap through Panda solar cell concept and Trina Solar, who has partnered with the Australian National University on high efficiency n-type silicon solar cells and collaborates on all back-contact high efficiency cells with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), which has been established in 2006 by the former Fraunhofer ISE director Prof.