This effort to jump over the >20% efficiency-mark in thin film PV-technology is really significant!
1.- Fruitfull competition with silicon-based PV is still 'on the run'.
2.- 5% more efficiency means less production cost, less surface, less transport, etc.
3.- There is still enough 'space' for applied investigation.
Thank you Dr. Safiuddin for your global concept presentation. Now we need the fruitfull discussion within the United Nations about that.
Here some usefull links from International Desertec Foundation:
Karsten Berg, Coordinator Desertec Chile
Sounds good for early spin-off...to re-name Silicon Valley into Graphene Valley !
Thank you Rhone...to demonstrate here, what 10GW in solar energy means for environment. There is a bright future, everywhere sun is shining strong, without frontiers between states and countries. And even CSP and FV may play together in an area where new shale gas like in Texas produce oil independance for a couple of decades ...there is no more place for "Fukushimas" at all.
CONGRATULATIONS FOR EVERYBODY WHO MADE THIS REALITY.. here comes the sun!
Finally, after 20 years of delay, energy developers discover the prime potential of renewable energy in Chile, and Latin America too. The Atacama Desert is the best place for solar energy actually worldwide, and not only for PV-technics. For instance, CSP with salt-storage, 24 hours per day clean energy for the copper-mine industry.
Yes indeed Claude, because mining companies for instance no can´t produce their copper only with daylight.
Very usefull summary about global solar-industry trends and implementations! It's a still agressive growing market, where spin-off innovation newcomers have to struggle with massive,proven PV-technology and chinese price-dumping. In an energy-hungry world with more countries involved but without subsidiaries.
I agree in general terms. Latin America is indeed an atractive PV'market for next decades. But be carefull, much more for the regional sunlight than local financing. In most cases there is no grid pre-installed, which means a lot of trouble and less earnings than expected.
The automobile industry must waken up with this spin off research ==> sun roof integrated solar energy for sustainable air-condition. Ten years warrenty is enough...
I agree with this article. Nearly every local spin off product with global distribution will be offered by the Chinese industry with half price and half of time for 'copy'. Meanwhile we (out of China) accept environmental 'dumping', high CO2-panel production, medium quality standards,etc. But otherwise, Chinese solar products permit actually the massive usage of these in countries with poor industry but a lot of sunshine!Better to accept this evolution than struggle against it. Meanwhile full developed countries investigate and produce new electricity storage technology, new materials, cheaper electric cars,Rare Earth supply vs. replacement, etc.