The organic photovoltaic industry is witnessing commercial gains as demand for eco-friendly photovoltaic technology is on the rise. Organic solar cells are advantageous over their conventional counterparts as they can be transformed into different shapes and colors. This makes them the preferred choice for applications that focus on design and flexibility over efficiency. Furthermore, subsidies and tax benefits provided by various governments for the use of renewable energy is augmenting the growth of organic solar cells market. On the other hand, smaller lifespan and low efficiency of organic solar cells are two major factors restraining the growth of this market. In addition, the nascent phase of the photovoltaic industry involves high capital investment for the research and development of new products.
However, research organizations and companies are striving to develop organic solar cells that have the same attributes as conventional solar cells in terms of efficiency. This is expected to translate into growth opportunities for this market. The global market for organic solar cells was valued at US$25.5 mn in 2013 and is estimated to reach a valuation of US$97.4 mn by the end of 2020 expanding at a phenomenal CAGR of 21.20% between 2014 and 2020.
- Building Integrated Photovoltaic Segment to Register High Demand
In terms of application, the global market for organic solar cells is segmented into mobile applications, defense or military-based applications, building integrated photovoltaic, and conventional solar applications. Of these, building integrated photovoltaic presently accounts as the leading application segment in the organic solar cells market. The mobile applications of organic solar cells include portable devices such as laptops, solar bags, tablets, and mobiles among others. They are also installed in vehicles to provide power to smaller electrical systems such as music systems. The defense applications of organic solar cells involve their use over the surface of small military equipment.