Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 18, Supplement 1, pp 15–19

Thin-film solar cells: review of materials, technologies and commercial status


DOI: 10.1007/s10854-007-9177-9

Cite this article as:
Green, M.A. J Mater Sci: Mater Electron (2007) 18: 15. doi:10.1007/s10854-007-9177-9


The recent boom in the demand for photovoltaic modules has created a silicon supply shortage, providing an opportunity for thin-film photovoltaic modules to enter the market in significant quantities. Thin-films have the potential to revolutionise the present cost structure of photovoltaics by eliminating the use of the expensive silicon wafers that alone account for above 50% of total module manufacturing cost. The strengths and weaknesses of the contending thin-film photovoltaic technologies and the current state of commercial activity with each are briefly reviewed.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ARC Photovoltaics Centre of ExcellenceUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia