Renewables: Solar energy needs focus


Munir, Abu Bakar and Muhammad Sukki, Firdaus and Bani, Nurul Aini (2016) Renewables: Solar energy needs focus. Nature, 529 (7587). p. 466. ISSN 0028-0836; eISSN: 1476-4687

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The high cost of solar photovoltaic installations prevents them from providing more than about 1% of the world's electricity requirement. A solution would be to incorporate an optical concentrator in the solar photovoltaic module that would save on expensive materials without compromising electrical output. Optical concentrators focus solar energy on a small area attached to a photovoltaic cell (P. Gleckman et al. Nature 339, 198–200; 1989). However, this technology has been held back by its complex manufacturing and assembly processes, its modest electrical-conversion efficiency and a lack of government funding and policy. Researchers, industries and governments must work together to resolve the technical issues associated with this promising technology and come up with a practical, industry-ready design to revive the solar energy market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar energy
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical Engineering and Machinery > TJ807-830 Renewable energy sources
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 16:48
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 16:48


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