Thursday, June 27, 2013

Silver Demand: The Photovoltaic Industry



Thursday, 6/27/2013 09:55 
THE PHOTOVOLTAIC industry didn't start to show on charts, according to the CPM Group of New York, until the year 2000 when they consumed approximately 1,000,000 ounces, writes Miguel Perez-Santalla at BullionVault.

Essentially that is barely a blip on the silver consumption chart. In fact in comparison to the smallest of the large consumers at the time, which was electronics, it was not even a tenth of their consumption.

It was not expected that this industry would become an important player in the silver market for years to come. The facts at hand of the silver data prove this out. It was not until the year 2008 that the industry reached any volumes of importance having consumed nearly 19,000,000 ounces.
 What happened in the global economy was that major subsidies were being given for the development and promulgation of solar energy by sovereign nations. Germany, at first the largest consumer, was then followed by many other European nations in this objective. But it was not until the USA began to offer subsidies that the silver consumption for these products became of major importance.

The photovoltaic industry in certain countries became very important sectors and so with the global economic crisis many were to suffer. Spain specifically suffered tremendous economic losses in this industry when the state pulled its subsidies. This has been a major concern for developers and businesses involved in solar power.



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