Solar energy – new photovoltaic technologies

Peter Sommer-Larsen

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    Solar energy technologies directly convert sunlight into electricity and heat, or power chemical reactions that convert simple molecules into synthetic chemicals and fuels. The sun is by far the most abundant source of energy, and a sustainable society will need to rely on solar energy as one of its major energy sources. Solar energy is a focus point in many strategies for a sustainable energy supply. The European Commission’s Strategic Energy Plan (SET-plan) envisages a Solar Europe Initiative, where photovoltaics and concentrated solar power (CSP) supply as much power as wind mills in the future. Much focus is directed towards photovoltaics presently. Installation of solar cell occurs at an unprecedented pace and the expectations of the photovoltaics industry are high: a total PV capacity of 40 GW by 2012 as reported by a recent study. The talk progresses from general solar energy topics to photovoltaics with a special focus on the new photovoltaic technologies that promises ultra low cost solar cells. Unlike many other renewable energy technologies, a pipeline of new technologies is established and forms a road towards low cost energy production directly from the sun.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnergy solutions for CO2 emission peak and subsequent decline : Proceedings
    Number of pages316
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherDanmarks Tekniske Universitet, Risø Nationallaboratoriet for Bæredygtig Energi
    Publication date2009
    ISBN (Print)978-87-550-3783-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventRisø International Energy Conference 2009 - Risø DTU, Roskilde, Denmark
    Duration: 14 Sep 200916 Sep 2009


    ConferenceRisø International Energy Conference 2009
    LocationRisø DTU
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R


    • Polymer solar cells
    • Solar energy
    • Risø-R-1712
    • Risø-R-1712(EN)

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