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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Solar energy

Solar energy

an untapped growing potential?

(p.354) 18 Solar energy
Global Energy

Chiara Candelise

Oxford University Press

The chapter provides an overview of solar energy and its potential to contribute to the global climate change mitigation challenge. After an introduction to solar heating technologies and Concentrating Solar Power, it focuses on photovoltaics (PV). The impressive growth experienced by PV, its decade-long learning and the recent dramatic cost reductions makes it an interesting case not just for its potential to contribute to climate change mitigation and energy mixes, but also as an exemplary case of energy technology innovation. PV market dynamics (both from the demand and supply side) as well as the role of demand-pull and supply-push policy are presented and discussed. Cost reduction trends and drivers are also analysed, emphasizing the complexity behind energy technology cost reduction assessment and the challenges for available forecasting tools. Future deployment scenarios and challenges associated with them are also presented.

Keywords:   solar energy, photovoltaics, cost reduction, CSP, PV technologies, solar heating, PV markets, PV industry, experience curve

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