If you’re going to pick two eventual winners in the thin film sweepstakes (ignoring First Solar for now), Japan’s Sharp Solar and Solar Frontier need to rank high on your list. Sharp is looking to do it withamorphous silicon (a-Si) in spite of that technology’s historicalfailings, while Solar Frontier is focused on CIGS. Sharp looks toregain its one-time number one ranking. Solar Frontier looks to climbto the top (see table).
And the curious thing, at least to my ears, is that in interviews,these Japanese firms are not being their usual diplomatic or politeselves about it. Both have expressed aggressive enthusiasm in taking on First Solar’s cadmium telluride dominance of the thin-film solar market head-on.