Chapter 1.03: Solar Photovoltaics Technology: No Longer an Outlier

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The status and future technology, market, and industry opportunities for solar photovoltaics (PV) are examined and discussed. The co-importance of both ‘policy’ and ‘technology’ investments for the future markets and competitiveness of this solar approach is emphasized. This chapter underscores the ‘technology’ side, with a comprehensive overview and insights to technical, policy, market, industry, and other investments needed to tip PV to its next level of contribution as a significant clean energy partner in the world energy economy. The requirement to venture from ‘near-term’ and ‘evolutionary’ approaches into ‘disruptive’ and ‘revolutionary’ technology pathways is argued for our needs in the midterm (the next 10–15 years) and the long term (beyond the first quarter of this century).

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationComprehensive Renewable Energy
EditorsA. Sayigh
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780080878737
ISBN (Print)9780080878720
StatePublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5900-55818


  • Concentrating PV
  • Efficiency
  • Inorganic PV
  • Installed power
  • Organic PV
  • Photovoltaics
  • PV production
  • Single crystal PV
  • Solar cells
  • Thin-film PV


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