On the back of 180% market growth in 2011, the latest industry figures indicate that microinverter and power optimizer shipments will grow over 70% in 2012. By 2016, they are expected to comprise 10% of the photovoltaic inverter market.
“It’s time we put bad materials to good use,” says physicist Alex Zettl, who led this research along with colleague Feng Wang. “Our technology allows us to sidestep the difficulty in chemically tailoring many earth abundant, non-toxic semiconductors and instead tailor these materials simply by applying an electric field.”
Researchers from UCLA have developed a new transparent solar cell that is a significant step towards giving the windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still being transparent.
The Modi Research Group at Columbia created the New York City Energy Mapping Project back in February. The interactive map represents the total annual building energy consumption at the block level and at the taxlot level for New York City, and is expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh) per square meter of land area. The data comes from a mathematical model based on statistics, not private information from utilities, to estimate the annual energy consumption values of buildings throughout the five boroughs. To see the break down of the type of energy being used, for which purpose and in what quantity, hover over or click on a block or taxlot.
"Late last year, Reuters reported that solar PV, "is up to eight times more expensive than conventional forms of power like coal and gas." However, the reality just doesn’t stack up to the rhetoric. The cost of PV has fallen fast and is becoming cheaper by the day."
Lux Research has released a forecast that expects lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs to fall to US$500/kWh by 2022. This is predicted to bring down the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies.
The Global Solar Opportunity Tool allows users to answer the following questions:
* What is the scale of the potential market opportunity for rooftop and utility scale PV development in my country under different cost scenarios (ranging from $1/Watt to $5/Watt installed cost)? * What are payback periods for PV system purchases in my country (and sub-regions for larger countries)? * What regions of my country hold the greatest promise for PV development? * What policies and measures are being applied to advance solar deployment across countries? * What is the relative scale of PV opportunities across countries?
"It is a common criticism hurled at solar PV that solar panels are just too inefficient. However, with the wide range of research taking place, from research institutes, to R&D programs from module makers and equipment suppliers, efficiency is always increasing. In fact, some novel approaches to cell design have overcome barriers, which were previously thought to exist with PV."
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