Review on recent trend of solar photovoltaic technology

Mehreen Gul, Yash Satish Kotak, Tariq Muneer

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Abstract

Solar photovoltaic technology is one of the renewable technologies, which has a potential to shape a clean, reliable, scalable and affordable electricity system for the future. This article provides a comprehensive review of solar photovoltaic technology in terms of photovoltaic materials efficiency and globally leading countries. Based on past years review and photovoltaic installations in the year 2014, the major five leading countries identified are China, Japan, USA, Germany and UK. These five countries altogether accounted for 80% of photovoltaic installations in 2014. The article also discusses the driving policies, funding and Research and Development activities: to gauge the reasons behind the success of the leading countries. Finally, this article reviews the photovoltaic cost analysis in terms of the photovoltaic module cost, balance of system cost and project cost with the help of listed 98 globally installed projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-526
Number of pages42
JournalEnergy Exploration and Exploitation
Volume34
Issue number4
Early online date19 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Photovoltaic materials
  • photovoltaic efficiency
  • research and development activities
  • photovoltaic policy
  • AMORPHOUS-SILICON
  • CRYSTALLINE SILICON
  • ECONOMIC-ANALYSIS
  • CELLS
  • PV
  • EFFICIENCY
  • SYSTEM
  • ENERGY
  • PERFORMANCE
  • COUNTRIES

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