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Do Photovoltaics have a Future?

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B. F. Williams

Energy Systems Research, RCA Laboratories, Princeton, NJ 08540

J. Eng. Power 102(2), 495-497 (Apr 01, 1980) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230283 History: Received December 06, 1978; Online September 28, 2009

Abstract

While there are several commercial businesses selling photovoltaic power supplies, the applications are all in places where conventional electric power is unavailable. The present interest in solar cell electricity for widespread terrestrial use has led to an intense activity exploring the opportunities for significant cost reduction. In this paper obstacles to cost reduction will be identified and the programs addressing techniques for overcoming those obstacles will be presented.

Copyright © 1980 by ASME
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