Value Creation in Photovoltaic Supply Chain Through Market and Product Diversification: Insights From Emerging Building Integrated PV Segment


The recent years in the PV industry have been marked with a severe imbalance of manufacturing capacities and demand, which led to abrupt market shocks and end-product price volatility. Moreover, the Chinese fast-follower producers managed to grasp the significant competitive advantages, both, in terms of scale and technological advancements. Under such conditions, the PV segments in originally technologically advanced countries of the West struggle to reinvent their approach to restart, at least. the part of their manufacturing base. The problem is complex while it relates to the domain of policies, technology, product design, logistics, or emerging applications. In this manuscript, the authors proposed a broad reflection on current PV and BIPV trends with a special focus on the value creation in the BIPV supply chain. The reflection was based on the data and know-how derived directly from the industry sources, including the recent PV global events. The discussion leads to the conclusions on the growing importance of the untapped chances resulting from the merging construction and PV industries. The substantial part of the PV value creation is deemed to shift from manufacturing hubs towards the proximity of the projects’ locations, which creates chances to increase the balance of the global industry. The topic of the value creation in BIPV is hardly present in the literature therefore the research brings an important contribution, also through the quoted data.

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Marek Kryszak, National Kaoshiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Lai Wang, National Kaoshiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Fu-Lin Chu, National Kaoshiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: ACBPP2020
Stream: Economic Development / Technological Change and Growth

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