Photovoltaics at Multi-Terawatt Scale: Waiting is Not an Option

Nancy Haegel, Pierre Verlinden, Marta Victoria, Pietro Altermatt, Harry Atwater, Teresa Barnes, Christian Breyer, Chris Case, Stefaan De Wolf, Chris Deline, Marwan Dharmrin, Bernhard Dimmler, Gunter Erfurt, Markus Gloeckler, Jan Goldschmidt, Brett Hallam, Sophia Haussener, Burkhard Holder, Ulrich Jaeger, Arnulf Jaeger-WaldauIzumi Kaizuka, Hiroshi Kikusato, Benjamin Kroposki, Sarah Kurtz, Koji Matsubara, Stefan Nowak, Kazuhiko Ogimoto, Christian Peter, I. Peters, Simon Philipps, Michael Powalla, Uwe Rau, Thomas Reindl, Maria Roumpani, Keiichiro Sakurai, Christian Schorn, Peter Schossig, Rutger Schlatmann, Abdelilah Slaoui, Ron Sinton, Brittany Smith, Peter Schneidewind, B. Stanbery, Marko Topic, William Tumas, Juzer Vasi, Matthias Vetter, Eicke Weber, Arthur Weeber, Anke Weidlich, Dirk Weiss, Andreas Bett

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Photovoltaics (PV), while still a small part of global electricity generation, has demonstrated a remarkable track record of of growth and cost reduction, becoming the most cost effective and sustainable source of electricity in a growing number of locations worldwide. This article, the outcome of a recent gathering of PV experts at the 3rd Multi-Terawatt Workshop, addresses future global energy and electricity demand, anticipating high electrification and economic global development, recent progress in PV integration, and assesses how coupling in innovation, PV deployment, storage and sector coupling have and will continue to dramatically cahnge and accelerate the PV landscape if technology, system integration and policy align. A sustained global growth rate of PV of 25% over the next decade would enable a viable path to 2050 greenhouse gas mitigation targets.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
Issue number6640
StatePublished - 2023

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  • photovoltaics
  • PV manufacturing
  • terawatt


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