Monday, August 15, 2005

For those interested in the current state of solar technology

The DOE released a consensus report describing the research needs for bringing solar costs down to levels competitive with fossil fuels (5-10x cost reductions, as the report describes it). An interesting identification of research priorities and obstacles. Here's a pdf of the report.

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Anonymous Martin said...

I keep reading about solar at $1 per watt (Stirling Energy Systems, Solaicx, etc.) or possibly less from Nanosolar within the next year or two. I wonder if it is really true. If anyone has real information about these claims, I would be interested in seeing it.

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Anonymous Martin said...

Another solar power company to watch is IAUS. They claim they will start production in September. If true, their system "will produce electricity at 3-5 cents per kilowatt-hour" There is no mention of installed costs. They may be fudging their press releases as well, according to one commenter.

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