Japan’s photovoltaic business takes a step back


Japan’s major photovoltaic (PV) suppliers have slipped in ranking, being overtaken by other regions like the US, China and Taiwan.

Japanese suppliers of solar photovoltaic cells and panels have dominated the industry for many years, but now, according to a new report from IC Insights entitled Solar Energy: Growth Opportunities for the Semiconductor Industry, the country slipped in the supplier rankings for 2008, giving way to other regions.

The 2008 top 10 solar ranking contains two suppliers based in Japan, three in China, two in Taiwan, two in Germany, and one in the US.

Japan’s Sharp Corp. was the number one PV device supplier in 2006 and for several years before that. In 2007, Germany’s Q-Cells AG and China’s Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. overtook the company.

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