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DuPont Apollo closure to contribute to amorphous silicon PV market share decline
DuPont has announced that it will quit manufacturing amorphous silicon thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules through its Apollo subsidiary by the end of 2014. The company says that the decision is consistent with its continual review of its portfolio, and that it will honor its contractual obligations with customers.
DuPont Apollo has facilities in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Commenting on the closure, TrendForce's (Taipei City, Taiwan) EnergyTrend division expects a continual decline in the market share of amorphous silicon PV.
“Judging from recent price quotes, silicon thin-film price quotes is at US$ 0.58/watt while silicon module is at US$ 0.6/watt,” notes EnergyTrend Research Manager Arthur Hsu. “Price difference has decreased from the original US$ 0.1/watt to US$ 0.02/watt.”
“Therefore, silicon thin-film product no longer holds price competitiveness. Meanwhile, silicon module conversion efficiency is around 17.2% while silicon thin-film remains at 8% to 10%. The efficiency gap between the two will continue to increase as silicon module efficiency goes up.”
DuPont to continue work on PV materials
DuPont says that it remains committed to investing in Hong Kong and China, and will explore possible research and development projects and collaborations in Hong Kong in new materials, new energy and bio-materials.
Independent of DuPont Apollo, DuPont will also continue its manufacture of specialty materials for the PV industry.