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Sun above the horizon : meteoric rise of the solar industry

Author: Peter F Varadi
Publisher: Singapore : Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., [2014]
Series: Pan Stanford series on renewable energy, v. 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The meteoric rise of the photovoltaic (PV) industry is an incredible story. In 2013, Google's investments in PV systems totaled about half a billion dollars and Warren Buffet, one of the famous investors, invested 2.5 billion in the world's largest PV system in California. These gigantic investments by major financial players were made only 40 years after the first two terrestrial PV companies, Solarex and Solar  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version:
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter F Varadi
ISBN: 9789814463805 9814463809 9789814613293 9814613290 9781498700245 1498700241 1306866847 9781306866842
OCLC Number: 892100926
Description: x, 537 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Act 1. Dawn : 1972-1984. Damn the torpedoes and full steam ahead --
Cook book : how to make solar cells and modules --
Betting on horses --
The dawn of the terrestrial PV : Solarex : the beginning and ... --
... Almost a premature end --
"Chevron" solar cells --
The silicon enigma --
Silicon, the second most common element in the earth's crust --
The evolution of the terrestrial PV modules : the importance of testing and quality --
Dreamers and sobering reality --
Photovoltaic systems --
"Stand-alone" or "off-grid" PV systems --
1975 the year of change --
The importance of consumer business --
Micro-generators and ... --
... and a permanent bridge to Europe --
The micro-generator mushroom resulting in a solar thin-film solution --
PV for the people --
Story about success and cash flow --
Water pumping with PV --
Navigational aids --
Amorphous silicon (a-Si) the first successful thin-film solar cell --
Act 2. Sunrise : 1985-1999. Changing landscape --
The big oils' involvement in PV --
Building-integrated photovoltaics and PV roofs --
Space applications used in everyday life : communication and GPS --
Development of the global PV quality program --
World Bank's trailblazing role for PV in developing countries --
Japan and then Europe take over the baton --
Three axioms that will shape the future of PV --
Does PV need government subsidy or can it be financed privately? --
Grass roots : common sense --
Act 3. Towards high noon : 2000-2013. The winding road to the feed-in tariff --
A new silicon enigma and thin-film PV alternatives --
PV becomes unstoppable --
The Chinese miracle : part 1 --
The Chinese miracle : part 2 --
Concentrated, tracking, and the Solyndra PV systems --
The PV rollercoaster --
The last barrier : "bankability" = proof of quality/reliability --
The effect of PV on the transformation of the electric utilities --
Energy independence and the wireless environment.
Series Title: Pan Stanford series on renewable energy, v. 5.
Responsibility: Peter F. Varadi.

Abstract:

The meteoric rise of the photovoltaic (PV) industry is an incredible story. In 2013, Google's investments in PV systems totaled about half a billion dollars and Warren Buffet, one of the famous investors, invested 2.5 billion in the world's largest PV system in California. These gigantic investments by major financial players were made only 40 years after the first two terrestrial PV companies, Solarex and Solar Power Corporation, were formed in the USA. Back in 1973, the two companies employed 20 people and produced only 500 watts of PV power. Now, just 40 years later, over a million people w.

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