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Jenny Stanford Series on Renewable Energy

Solar Power for the World

What You Wanted to Know about Photovoltaics

edited by Wolfgang Palz

"Solar energy is the energy of the 21st century, and PV is the predominant conversion form of this gigantic resource. During the last century, PV has made it possible to supply electricity services to hundreds of millions of people who had no access to energy networks, providing health, water, education and economic development to developing countries’ rural populations. Today, PV’s dramatic progress in terms of cost and efficiency has allowed it to conquer the largest electric systems. The dream has become a reality in many countries owing to the tenacity of a visionary scientific community that has been working even before the first oil shock, joined some years later by innovative private industrial companies willing to anticipate the future. These companies, coming from developed and emerging countries, are now engaged in an extraordinary industrial competition. I am convinced that the winners of this competition will be the electricity consumers all over the world. PV electricity price drop will be reinforced while fossil and nuclear electricity is on the way to an irreversible inflation.

This book presents a comprehensive and exciting view of the history and future of one of the most fundamental scientific and industrial adventures that aims to provide electricity to billions of people, without the greenhouse gas effect and with a guarantee of economic prosperity."

Jean-Louis Bal, President, Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables, France
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814411875
  • Series: Jenny Stanford Series on Renewable Energy
  • Subject: Solar Energy
  • Published: October 2013
  • Pages: 800