Innovations in solar energy technologies
Solar energy is affordable and reliable due to innovations and economy of scale, and through standardisation. Over the last 20 years the conversion efficiency has been doubled while the cost has been reduced by a factor of about 20.
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There is still much more to be gained by further technology development on the following aspects:
- Higher power density and energy yield (more energy per m2) at lower cost
- Improved spatial and environmental integration: attractive, barely visible, eco-positive photovoltaics
- Sustainability: end-of-life strategies, application of earth abandon materials
Arthur WeeberFunctie:Professor Applied Silicon Photovoltaics
Gianluca ColettiFunctie:Adjunct Professor – Program coordinator
We are at a critical turning point of the energy transition. Despite the pandemic, the global PV module market is expected to reach over 180 GW in 2021 and this on top of the more than 100 GW of PV modules shipped for the previous 3 years. More importantly, the PV industry is maturing quickly with a learning rate – the price reduction for each doubling of cumulative PV module shipments - of over 39% since 2006.
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