The Next Challenges For The American Solar Power Industry.
In the United States the price of electricity generated from wind power is at an all time low. In fact, other forms of grid power such as natural gas, coal or nuclear generation are all higher in cost than wind in the U.S. Solar energy on the other hand even though the U.S prices have been falling rapidly is still high.
The future of the American solar power industry hinges on the innovation of Amercian solar companies in the coming years. Can innovation in technology and manufacturing allow American companies to compete and ultimately thrive in this huge but challenging market?
In this video lecture, Professor Buonassisi addresses these questions as he explores the outlook for American PV cell and module suppliers. He begins by using an industry-validated bottoms-up cost model to compare the cost-reduction potentials of various innovative PV technologies, and how their successful development could influence manufacturing location decisions.
About the future of the Amercian solar power industry.
He goes on to describe recent progress toward these innovative technologies, highlighting the new computational and experimental tools that have accelerated the cycle of discovery and product development. He includes “sneak peeks” at the technologies that may grace rooftops in years to come.
He concludes by showcasing recent success stories of U.S. innovation.
About the Professor.
Tonio Buonassisi, MIT Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, heads an interdisciplinary research laboratory focused on photovoltaics (PV). He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Science & Technology at UC Berkeley, with additional research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the Max-Planck-Institute for Microstructure Physics. He is author of over a hundred journal papers, and co-developer of a dedicated course on photovoltaics.
Prof. Buonassisi invents, develops, and applies defect-engineering techniques over the entire solar cell process, from crystal growth to modules, improving the cost effectiveness of commercial and next-generation solar cells. Several of his PV innovations have been implemented in industry, including key contributions leading to the founding of solar start-ups and a research institute.
It is information like this page that gives prospective students and career hunters in the America Solar Power Industry insight into what their future may hold as well.
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