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Examines the requirements for a terawatt-scale photovoltaic technology
Discusses the fundamental bottlenecks for current photovoltaic technologies in becoming a notable source of energy
Proposes several strategic research directions to remove some of these bottlenecks
Solar energy will undoubtedly become a main source of energy in our life by the end of this century, but how big of a role will photovoltaics play in this new energy infrastructure? Besides cost and efficiency, there are other barriers for current solar cell technologies to become a noticeable source of energy in the future. Availability of raw materials, energy input, storage of solar electricity, and recycling of dead modules can all prevent or hinder a tangible impact by solar photovoltaics. This book is intended for readers with minimal technical background and aims to explore not only the fundamentals but also major issues in large-scale deployment of solar photovoltaics. Thought-provoking ideas to overcoming some of the barriers are discussed.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Grand Energy Challenge - Limitations to Terawatt Photovoltaics - Requirements for Terawatt Photovoltaics - Terawatt Low-cost Wafer Silicon Photovoltaics - Terawatt Photovoltaic Solar Cells - Wafer Silicon Photovoltaic Technology