Major E4tech report probes wind and solar supply chain bottlenecks

Global ambitions for PV and wind deployment could be thwarted by bottlenecks in the global supply chains for these technologies. A major new study conducted by E4tech for the IEA-RETD takes a long term global view of supply chains and recommends vital and often urgent steps needed to avoid bottlenecks. The “RE-SUPPLY” report, which E4tech produced in cooperation with Avalon Consulting, was released today and can be downloaded for free from the RETD website.

For wind the report finds that one of the most important solutions to tackle the highly critical bottlenecks in the supply chain is clear and long-term support policies that could de-risk the high capital investment required to expand supply chain capacity. PV’s greatest bottlenecks relate to scarcity of materials and the report suggests increased emphasis on recycling and recovery as well as enhanced R&D into alternative cell materials.

“The best intentions of those aiming to roll out renewable energy could run into problems in the coming 5 to 10 years if actions aren’t taken now. Problems with materials supply, skills, logistics and regulatory systems are just some of the things that will hold back renewable energy. Fortunately, many of these can and should be fixed by taking careful steps now, as we explain in this report” remarked E4tech Director Adam Chase.

E4tech is a strategic consultancy focused on sustainable energy, with offices in London and Lausanne. Since 1997, we have worked with companies, governments and investors wanting to understand the global opportunities and challenges of clean energy. More info about E4tech’s activities in Energy & Innovation Systems can be found here.

IEA-RETD is the International Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy Technology Deployment implementing agreement, with a mandate to address cross-cutting issues that influence the deployment of renewable energy, and act as a vehicle to accelerate the market introduction of renewable energy technologies.

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