Nanotechnologies for Renewable Energy Generation

The development of green nanotechnologies, or clean energy-efficient applications incorporating nanotechnologies, has created an emerging market. A new generation of highly efficient environmental technologies - from solar technologies such as semiconducting nanocrystals that generate electricity from sunlight, to water purification systems using polymer nanospheres to detect hazardous materials in water - has created significant opportunities for energy and oil companies.

This study examines the markets for solar (photovoltaic) energy creation, for wind power generation, and for fuel cell power. It provides forecasts of global investment in renewable energy generation (specific to solar/photovoltaic and wind power), and the potential savings that would be provided by integrating nano-engineered materials into the manufacture of photovoltaic cells, wind turbines and wind turbine blades. In support of those forecasts, the study provides forecasts for grid-installed solar (photovoltaic) power generation capacity, global investment in solar (photovoltaic) power generation, global solar (photovoltaic) cell shipments, the potential savings for solar (phovoltaic) power generation from the incorporation of nanotechnologies, global investment in wind energy, wind turbine shipments, grid-installed wind power, the potential savings to wind power generation from the incorporation of nanotechnologies, and fuel cell shipments, for the forecast period of 2010 through 2015, on an annual and cumulative basis, and segmented by major global region.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Brief: Top-Line Forecast
  • Executive Brief: Drivers
  • Executive Brief: Inhibitors
  • Executive Brief: Market Share
  • Executive Brief: Summary and Strategic Recommendations
  • 1. Executive Summary
    • 1.1. Nanotechnology for Green Power
      • 1.1.1. Market Growth
      • 1.1.2. Market Potential
      • 1.1.3. Nanotechnology
  • 2. Technology
    • 2.1. The History of Nanotechnology
    • 2.2. Defining Nanotechnology
    • 2.3. Categorization of Nanomaterials
      • 2.3.1. Types of Nanomaterials
      • 2.3.2. Dimensions
      • 2.3.3. Generations
      • 2.3.4. Engineering
      • 2.3.5. Composition
    • 2.4. Nanomaterials for Green Power
      • 2.4.1. Solar Power
      • 2.4.2. Fuel Cells
      • 2.4.3. Hydrogen
      • 2.4.4. Wind Power
  • 3. Business & Regulatory Issues
    • 3.1. Increasing Power Demand and the Need for Change
    • 3.2. Commitment to Renewables
    • 3.3. Market Drivers
      • 3.3.1. Cutting the Costs of Renewable Energies
      • 3.3.2. Building Future Industry
      • 3.3.3. Governments are Key Drivers
      • 3.3.4. Private Sector Investment
      • 3.3.5. Nanotechnology Activities by Region
    • 3.4. Market Barriers
      • 3.4.1. Nanotoxicity
  • 4. Market Outlook
    • 4.1. Forecast Methodology
      • 4.1.1. Primary and Secondary Sources of Information
    • 4.2. Nanotech Potential
      • 4.2.1. Investment in Renewables
      • 4.2.2. Solar Photovoltaics
      • 4.2.3. Wind Turbines
      • 4.2.4. Fuel Cell Industry
  • 5. Company Profiles
    • 5.1. Solar Nanotechnology
      • 5.1.1. NanoSolar
      • 5.1.2. HelioVolt Corporation
      • 5.1.3. Konarka Technologies, Inc.
      • 5.1.4. Solexant
      • 5.1.5. 1366 Technologies
      • 5.1.6. Bloo Solar
    • 5.2. Fuel Cell Nano
      • 5.2.1. Bloom Energy
      • 5.2.2. 3M Company
      • 5.2.3. Quantum Sphere
      • 5.2.4. ACAL Energy
      • 5.2.5. Altair Nanotechnologies
      • 5.2.6. Plug Power Inc.
    • 5.3. Wind Nano
      • 5.3.1. Siemens Energy
      • 5.3.2. Eagle Wind Power Ltd.
  • 6. Company Directory
  • 7. Acronyms

Tables

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  1. Composition of Nanomaterials,
  2. Comparison of PV Solar Cell Technologies,
  3. Comparison of Fuel Cell Technologies, For Distributed Electricity
  4. Wind Turbine Characteristics,
  5. Estimated Levelized Cost of New Generation Resources, 2016
  6. Nano-Science Publications by Region, World Market, 2009
  7. Nanotechnology Patents Issued, US, Japan and Europe, 1976 to 2006
  8. Properties that Influence Toxicity in Nanomaterials,
  9. Nanotechnology Savings for Renewable Energy Generation, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  10. Cumulative Solar PV Cell Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  11. Nanotechnology Savings for Solar, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  12. Cumulative Nanotechnology Savings for Solar, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  13. Global Investment in Wind Energy, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  14. Cumulative Global Investment in Wind Energy, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  15. Wind Turbine Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  16. Cumulative Wind Turbine Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  17. Grid-Installed Wind Power, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  18. Cumulative Grid-Installed Wind Power, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  19. Nanotechnology Savings for Wind Power, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  20. Cumulative Nanotechnology Savings for Renewable Energy Generation, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  21. Cumulative Nanotechnology Savings for Wind Power, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  22. Fuel Cell Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  23. Cumulative Fuel Cell Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  24. Global Investment in Renewable Energy, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  25. Cumulative Global Investment in Renewable Energy, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  26. Annual Grid Installed PV Solar Power, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  27. Cumulative Grid Installed PV Solar Power, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  28. Global Investment in Solar (Photovoltaic) Power Generation, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  29. Cumulative Global Investment in Solar (Photovoltaic) Power Generation, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  30. Solar (Photovoltaic) Cell Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015

Charts

  1. Nanotechnology Savings for Renewable Energy Generation, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2015
  2. Marketed Energy Consumption World Market, 2010 to 2030, in Quadrillions of BTUs

Figures

  1. A Brief History of Nanotechnology
  2. Composition of Nanomaterials (Table 2-1 in the accompanying Excel Deliverable)
  3. How Photovoltaic Cells Work
  4. Anatomy of a Fuel Cell