Photovoltaic Conversion of Sunlight to Electricity -- Considerations for Developing Countries

Weingart, J.M. (1975) Photovoltaic Conversion of Sunlight to Electricity -- Considerations for Developing Countries. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria, WP-75-152

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to summarize the current and projected state of the art of photovoltaic technologies for direct conversion of sunlight to electricity, with special emphasis on the possible significance of such technologies for developing countries.

Because the problems of introducing and diffusing innovative energy technologies into a society are substantially sociocultural and only partly technical in nature, I have included some personal observations on the problems which need to be overcome if technically proven and economically interesting alternative energy technologies are ever to be widely used in developing countries. I have also been presumptuous enough to indicate what I feel to be the main ingredients of an effective plan of action to develop, introduce and assist in diffusing such technologies widely and rapidly.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Energy Program (ENP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:41
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2016 15:35
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/276

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