Solar Options in Central Europe. A Synthesis of Solar Technology. Assessment and Contemporary Criteria in 1978-1979

Bell CR (1979). Solar Options in Central Europe. A Synthesis of Solar Technology. Assessment and Contemporary Criteria in 1978-1979. IIASA Research Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-79-014

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Abstract

Evaluation of solar energy as a potential substitute for fossil fuels and identification of the time phase in which solar technology may become a significant part of the energy supply mix are constrained by the characteristic uncertainties of solar energy inputs, the developmental status of solar technology, and the evolution of other energy supply alternatives. The numerous variables within the spectrum of attainable solar energy conversion performance allow a variety of approaches to the assessment of its utility. This interim effort identified the options that are now (1978-1979) most viable for solar energy exploitation in Central Europe, and the economic, as well as technical parameters of these options. In spite of the large number of contemporary concepts for the use of solar energy, a correlation with prototype data was made wherever possible to maximize the usefulness of the results. Nevertheless, the rapidly advancing research and development in solar technology, and the possibilities of significant breakthroughs in energy conversion and storage, necessitate the qualification "interim study" as an overall descriptor for this work.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Report)
Research Programs: Management and Technology Area (MMT)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:45
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2016 18:25
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/1023

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