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PVthin

PVthin is an international, not-for-profit coalition representing global leaders in the thin film solar industry that manufacture and market products based on chalcogenide, chalcopyrite and kesterite compounds such as cadmium telluride (CdTe), Copper Indium [Gallium] Selenide (CIS/CIGS) and perovskites. Thin film photovoltaics (PV) emerged onto the market as an affordable alternative to the slow production and high cost of traditional purified crystalline silicon wafers. PVthin is registered as a non-profit international association under Belgian law.

Technology
Technology
Thin film PV was born out of the energy crisis of the 1970s, determined to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. Read more
Advantages
Advantages
Thin film PV technologies use up to 99% less semiconductor material to convert sunlight into electricity. Read more
Life Cycle Analysis
Life Cycle Analysis
Life cycle analysis provides an invaluable decision support tool for assessing the environmental impacts of a product or process throughout its life cycle. Read more
Supply Chain
Supply Chain
Suppliers across the thin film PV value chain form the backbone of the industry and have been key to technological advances and successes. Read more
Scientific Council
Scientific Council
PVthin invites leading researchers in the field of thin film photovoltaics to join the PVthin Scientific Council. Read more
News
Latest news on PV Thin Film technology. Read more

Our Objectives

  • To strengthen global energy security and support the transition to a low carbon economy by promoting thin film solar photovoltaic technologies
  • To cooperate with associations and industries that support responsible product management at end-of-life and internalized holistic environmental footprinting based on Life Cycle Assessment
  • To strongly encourage resource-efficient production, sustainable raw material use and responsible PV recycling and recovery programs and technologies
  • To educate on the potential of thin film PV and the environmental, social, economic and technological advantages of thin film
  • To provide a platform for research into both mature and emerging thin film PV technologies

Our Activities

  • Communicating the benefits of increased deployment of thin film PV for energy security, climate change mitigation and water scarcity
  • Promoting policies that reward thin film PV companies for investments in sustainable business practices such as resource efficiency and advanced closed-loop recycling schemes
  • Sharing and promoting best practices in environment, health and safety management
  • Advancing a recycling standard for PV modules under the EU WEEE Directive within the standardization bodies of the European Union
  • Participating in the development of the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules for PV electricity generation
  • Supporting the development of an EU Ecolabel for PV based on LCA results to help professionals and consumers assess PV technologies in terms of reliability, technical and environmental performance

The Thin Film PV Value Chain

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Contact

PVthin a.i.s.b.l.
c/o Becker Buettner Held
Avenue Marnix 28
1000 Brussels
Belgium

President: Andreas Wade (First Solar)
Executive Board: Dr. Jochen Fritsche (Calyxo), Jean-Nicolas Beaudry (5N Plus)

Phone: +32 2 204 4400
Email: president@pvthin.org