Q-Cell stays on top of PV ranking

27 July 2009 by

IC Insights has released a report the Solar Energy: Growth Opportunities for the Semiconductor Industry report, which stated that Japan's suppliers of solar PV cells and panels slid in the 2008 supplier rankings. The top 10 solar ranking contains two suppliers based in Japan, three in China, two in Taiwan, two in Germany, and one in the U.S.

Until 2006, Sharp Corp. was the leading photovoltaic (PV) device supplier. In 2007, Germany's Q-Cells AG and China's Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd overtook Sharp. In 2008, First Solar gained on Sharp and Suntech with its thin-film PV panels made with cadmium telluride. The rankings by IC Insights are based on the peak-megawatt value of the PV devices produced and sold by each supplier. These include PV cells and thin-film PV panels. Cell-based panels are not included to avoid counting cells twice.