Can renewable energy sources power the world?
Can renewable energy sources power the world?

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12 Summary

To sum up the learning this week, you have:

  • had a brief look at basic principles of photovoltaic energy conversion, concentrating initially on devices using monocrystalline silicon
  • described the basic electrical characteristics of PV cells and modules
  • discussed the various roles of PV energy systems in supplying power to homes and other buildings, and in feeding power into local or national electricity grids
  • reviewed the economic prospects and the environmental impact of photovoltaic electricity
  • examined how PV might be increasingly integrated into electricity supplies
  • looked at the world market and future prospects for photovoltaics.

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