Solar Power for the World
Jenny Stanford Series on Renewable Energy

Solar Power for the World

What You Wanted to Know about Photovoltaics

edited by Wolfgang Palz

800 pages, 153.00 x 229.00 mm, 268 Color & 68 B/W

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814411875
  • Published: October 2013

  • eBook - PDF
  • ISBN: 9789814411882

Published in full color, this book describes the industrial revolution associated with the implementation of electric power generation by photovoltaics (PV), the conversion of the Sun’s radiation. It also describes the dramatic events in the industry that happened between 2009 and 2013: hundreds of PV companies in difficulty and the trade war between the EU and China mobilising state leaders on both sides to avoid a serious conflict. The contributing authors are protagonists all over the world who brought PV from its industrial birth in 1954 all the way up to the stormy developments during the first decade of the new century.

Virtually non-existent at the beginning of this century, solar installations worldwide have reached over 100 GW in late 2012. Eventually, in 2012, PV became cheap enough to provide decentralised power to all. In one single year, more solar power capacity was installed globally than nuclear and other types of conventional power. Investments reached hundreds of billions of US dollars, i.e. a multiple of the cost of “Apollo”, which was used to send men on the moon. Over half a million new PV jobs were created despite the financial crisis in the Western economies.

About the Editor:
Wolfgang Palz has been continuously involved in the development of global photovoltaics (PV) as a scientist and manager for more than 50 years. He is currently the promoter of auto-consumption of PV for providing worldwide access of cheap electricity to all. He has been the leader of PV development in France since the 1960s, when the country was the European leader in the field. As an official of the European Commission in Brussels, he was the manager of PV development in Europe for 20 years. He inspired and supported German initiatives to kick off PV markets, which led to a global explosion of PV investments since 2004. Besides his key role in the development of PV in Europe, Dr Palz is much connected to the United States, where he worked with NASA and is currently member of the leadership council of ACORE in Washington, DC. He is equally active in China, where he recently organised the Great-Wall Forum on Renewable Energies.