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  1. Photovoltaics

    Photovoltaic electricity is the renewable energy technology with the largest scope for cost reduction and efficiency gains. It is expected to make a significant contribution to achieving EU's goals for a low carbon energy system. JRC activities inclu ...

    04 February 2015

  2. The Photovoltaic Industry

    Article providing an overview of the photovoltaic industry. In 2010, the photovoltaic world market almost doubled in terms of production to 23 to 24 GW. The market for installed systems doubled again and values between 16 and 18 GW were reported by variou ...

    30 April 2014

  3. The Photovoltaic Market

    Article providing an overview of the international photovoltaic market. In 2010, the worldwide photovoltaic market more than doubled, driven by major increases in Europe. For 2010 the market volume of newly installed solar photovoltaic electricity systems ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Progress in Chalcopyrite Compound Semiconductor Research for Photovoltaic Applications and Transfer of Results into Actual Solar Cell Production

    Article describing the developments of the photovoltaic applications, in particular that of the Chalcopyrite Compound Semiconductor.   Since a number of years photovoltaics continues to be one of the fastest-growing industries with growth rates well beyon ...

    30 April 2014

  5. 1.39 – Standards in Photovoltaic Technology

    Article containing a review of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards relevant to photovoltaic (PV) technology. Standards relevant to performance and calibration, reliability, energy rating and concentrating terrestrial PV are included. ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Finance Mechanisms and Incentives for Photovoltaic Technologies in Developing Countries

    JRC article reviewing the existing support mechanisms and incentives for off-grid photovoltaic (PV) deployment in developing countries, particularly combining market, energy use, and socio-economic elements. Access to modern energy is a social and economi ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Overview of the Global PV Industry

    Article providing an overview of the global photovoltaic industry. Since more than 10 years photovoltaics is one of the fastest growing industries with growth rates well beyond 40% per annum. This growth is driven not only by the progress in materials and ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Solar Energy: Capturing the benefits of photovoltaics

    Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert photons from the sun’s rays into electricity, which can either be stored or fed into the electricity grid. It is a very promising technological option to shift towards a decarbonised energy supply. With its European Solar ...

    30 September 2014

  9. Developing alternative energy sources: going solar

    Examples of JRC research making the life of Europe's citizens safer and more secure in the area of solar energy. (2009) 2009 Energy and transport Environment and climate change solar renewable energy efficiency climate IES IET jrc_leaflet_solar_energ ...

    30 April 2014

  10. Outdoor Characterisation of High Efficiency Luminescent Solar Concentrators

    This work presents recent results on outdoor characterisation of high efficiency luminescent solar concentrators. Outdoor measurements at 25?C and corrected to 1000 W/m2 have been compared with indoor characterization according to the international standa ...

    30 April 2014

  11. Opportunities and Threats for Bioheating in the European Union

    Bioheating is a key factor for the delayed progress in achieving the 12% renewables target in gross inland energy consumption of the EU by 2010. The key opportunities for biomass in the heat sector are to substitute/complement coal, the small-scale heat g ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Characterization of a CCD-Camera-based System for Measurement of the Solar Radial Energy Distribution

    Charge-coupled device (CCD)-camera-based measurement systems offer the possibility to gather information on the solar radial energy distribution (sunshape). Sunshape measurements are very useful in designing high concentration photovoltaic systems and hel ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Quo Vadis Photovoltaics 2011

    Since more than 10 years photovoltaics is one of the fastest growing industries with growth rates well beyond 40% per annum. This growth is driven not only by the progress in materials and processing technology, but by market introduction programmes in ma ...

    30 April 2014

  14. Data sets for energy rating of photovoltaic modules

    A proposal for generating standard climatic data sets for use in energy rating of photovoltaic (PV) modules is presented which will give a good comparability between different technologies. The current proposal of standard data sets consisting of?typical ...

    30 April 2014

  15. Economic impacts of solar thermal electricity technology deployment on Andalusian productive activities: a CGE approach

    Solar thermal electricity is a type of renewable energy technology of special interest for Andalusia (southern Spain) because of the large number of annual sunshine hours. This paper estimates the impact on productive activities of increasing the producti ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Effect of Dust Shading on Photovoltaic Modules

    This paper investigates the effect of dust on photovoltaic (PV) modules with respect to dust concentration and spectral transmittance. Dust samples were collected from Kuwait in the form of raw dust and accumulated dust on sample glasses at different tilt ...

    30 April 2014

  17. Application of Battery-Based Storage Systems in household-demand smoothening in electricity-distribution grids

    This article analyses in technical terms the application of battery-based storage systems for demand shifting in distribution grids. The analysis includes two case studies, Denmark and Portugal, thus comparing the use of batteries in two different climate ...

    30 April 2014

  18. Methodological insights on Life Cycle Assessment of solar energy technologies

    Renewable energies are reliable sources to move the world toward a sustainable energy economy, to achieve the emission reduction targets and to cope the shortage of world fossil fuels reserves. A reliable energy and environmental profile of renewable ener ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Istantanee Fotovoltaiche

    Photovoltaics is one of the fastsest growing industries and energy technologies. The developments are very dynamic and therefore it is of great importance to base decisions on the latest information available as otherwise important development trends migh ...

    30 April 2014

  20. Power rating of photovoltaic modules including validation of procedures to implement IEC 61853-1 on solar simulators and under natural sunlight

    This paper describes the measurement of photovoltaic module performance over a range of temperatures and irradiances according to the international standard IEC 61853 Part 1. The purpose of this work is to assess the reproducibility of power matrix measur ...

    30 April 2014

  21. Laser Beam Induced Current for Visual Inspection of Long-Term Exposed PV Crystalline Silicon Modules

    Laser Beam Induced Current (LBIC) can be used to generate two dimensional maps of PV modules. Electrical as well as optical defects generate constant in the image and therefore LBIC can be used to complement traditional Visual Inspection of (poly-)crystal ...

    30 April 2014

  22. Analysis of financial mechanisms in support to new pumped hydropower storage projects in Croatia

    The variable nature of renewable energy sources (RES) such as wind, solar and waves is one of the factors limiting their higher penetration in he network. This issue has been firstly recognized in autonomous networks where RES penetration easily reached t ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Progress in Chalcopyrite Compound Semiconductor Research for Photovoltaic Applications and Transfer of Results into Actual Solar Cell Production

    Since the invention of the transistor in the late 1940's the search for new semiconductor materials has seen a continuous rising interest and the systematic search has been expanded to a wide range of compound materials. Already in the first half of ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Realizing solar power's potential in the European Union

    The European Union aims at largely decarbonizing its energy system by 2050. In this context, this paper reviews the status of the solar electricity technologies that can exploit our largest renewable energy resource. Although substantial progress is being ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Using life cycle based environmental assessment in developing innovative multi-functional glass-polymer windows

    The HarWin (Harvesting solar energy with multifunctional glass-polymer windows) FP7 project focuses on the development of innovative windows and their integration in buildings. These innovative windows aim at improving significantly the energy efficiency ...

    30 April 2014