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Investigation of market potential of polymer based PVT collector

  • For sustainable climate, an exponential growth in renewable heating and cooling is compulsory to reduce consumption of the fossil fuels for production of heat. An essential step from European Commission as an introduction of the strategy for renewable heat has given a platform to the solar thermal market to tap the highest possible potential. To grab the opportunity given, capacity of the production is to be increased as well as reduction in cost of solar thermal product is to be achieved by any suitable alternate means. Polymer based hybrid collector, named as OPVT collector, is the innovation from Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems to break the road blocks for the solar thermal market. A polymer solar cell and a polymer solar thermal collector, both, technologies have tendency of high initial investments and extremely low running cost in business. The aims of this study were to develop a calculation tool for determination of production cost of different OPVT collector concepts and evaluate their potential with reference to market size. The tool was expected to be uniform for all possible concepts of OPVT collector and flexible in usage during the early stage of technological development. In this study, “Microsoft Excel” software based calculation tool is developed for estimation of production cost for different concepts. A Car washing station for water based OPVT collector and a bus station for air based OPVT collector are found be most suitable for start-up of the business. The analysis of results has highlighted that the minimum cost of OPVT collector can be referenced as its material cost. The OPVT collector business has huge potential and possibility of early break-even point in the production. As production costs are sensitive to material costs, input values to the tool must be accurate. Presence of dominance of the material cost is due to high cost of OPV. In industry, OPV is still being considered as the technological product instead the commodity product. This market potential study for OPVT collector technology has been the important step in giving the confidence to solar thermal, polymer and plastic processing industries for business investment. Keywords – OPVT collector, production cost, calculation tool, market size

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Author:Bhavin Soni
Referee:Klaus J. Lambers
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Publishing Institution:Hochschulbibliothek der Technischen Hochschule Köln
Granting Institution:Technische Hochschule Köln
Date of Publication (online):2017/10/11
Tag:OPVT collector; PVT Solar thermal collector; Production cost
Page Number:102
Institutes:Fakultät für Raumentwicklung und Infrastruktursysteme (F12) / Fakultät 12 / Institut für Technologie und Ressourcenmanagement in den Tropen und Subtropen
Dewey Decimal Classification:500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
JEL-Classification:O Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth
Open Access:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das UrhG