The Multi-TW Scale Future for Photovoltaics

Gregory Wilson

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This chapter is focused on photovoltaics (PV) and argues that this rapidly developing technology is emerging as one of the most important tools policy makers have for meeting COP21 carbon emissions reduction targets. Focusing on the contributions and advancements that PV is likely to make to the global energy system over the next 10-15 years, it gives a basic overview of mainstream PV conversion technologies, summarizes roughly 40 years of research and industrial history then closes with a brief discussion of how PV and energy storage are likely to impact the world's energy landscape going forward. The chapter closely couples an increasingly urgent carbon emissions and climate change problem with dramatic PV advancements over the last 10 years in terms of both performance and cost. Ultimately PV is presented as an extremely useful tool for helping to reduce global carbon emissions with little to no increase in electricity costs, in a timeframe that is meaningful to the global carbon emissions problem.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of Physics of Sustainable Energy IV (PSE IV): Using Energy Efficiently and Producing it Renewably, 17-18 June 2016, Chicago, Illinois
Subtitle of host publicationAIP Proceedings Vol. 1924
EditorsP. C. Bhat, G. Crabtree, R. H. Knapp, R. Rosner
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5J00-68427


  • climate
  • energy storage
  • photovoltaics


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