Could The Cost Of Solar Power Fall By 75% By 2020?

Writing in The Telegraph last week, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard cited theU.S. Department of Energy as the basis for a prediction that the cost of solar power would drop by 75% between 2010 and 2020. Evans-Pritchard writes: The  US Energy   USEG  +2 .12%  Department expects the cost of solar power to fall by 75% between 2010 and 2020. By then average costs will have dropped to the $1 per watt for big solar farms, $1.25 for offices and $1.50 for homes, achieving the Holy Grail of grid parity with new coal and gas plants without further need for subsidies. Evans-Pritchard mentions several development projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense as representative of the broader research effort that will drive costs down costs and drive efficiencies up. Over the past few years, the cost of solar power systems has plunged as the result of what some folks have characterized as Chinese “dumping.” For better or worse, I am among those “folks” who suspect that anti-competitive trade practices have fueled overly optimistic forecasts of future costs reductions. Excluding these trade-induced (and temporary) cost reductions, is it possible that solar costs could reduce costs 75% by 2020?

WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2013: Batteries and hydrogen have immense potential as energy storage media

Energy storage media are to help compensate for fluctuations in the power grid. From 30 September to 2 October 2013, industry experts will be presenting a variety of solutions at the f-cell, BATTERY+STORAGE, e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG and Solar Energy Solutions conferences in Stuttgart, Germany.

Everything you need to know about European biofuels

Despite the uncertain lay of the political land, consumption of biofuels within the EU rose in 2012. Biofuel use in the transport sector rose to 14.4 million tonnes last year which represents a rise of 0.4 million since 2011. There were 14 countries, including Finland, France, Sweden and Spain, which increased their use of biofuels but another 10, including Hungary, the UK and Poland did not.

Clenergy supplies for a 20.6MW solar PV project in China's Yanqi County

Clenergy worked with the project's EPC company to deliver a tailor-made, C-steel mounting solution including installation service for a 20.6MW solar PV project in China's Yanqi County. The project is the county's first utility scale solar power plant.

Lucintel Analyzes Growth Opportunities in Global Non-Destructive Testing Equipment Market

The global NDT equipment market registered good growth during 2007-2012. The market is forecast to reach $2.052 billion by 2018 and continue its growth through 2018, propelled by strong growth of infrastructural and industrial development.

Revolutionary New Product Guarantees Solar Project Revenue

Walsh Carter's Newest Product, SolarShield, Combats the Unavoidable

Energy Cybernetics enters solar PV market launching SUNCybernetics

A joint partnership formed between Energy Cybernetics and SUNfarming in Germany has resulted in the launch of SUNCybernetics—small, medium and large scale solar PV solution providers.

Microalgae a beacon of hope for an organic-based future – biosolar research in central Germany

Microalgae are considered as the "raw material source for the future."

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT FUNDS RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MERSEN AND NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

To fund continued research in the development of smart power protection devices for photovoltaic installations.

Renewable energy accounts for nearly 50% of added capacity in US in 2012

Ernst & Young LLP releases latest edition of the US Attractiveness Indices

SXSW Eco Announces Remainder of Content, Distinguished Speakers and Startup Showcase Finalists

Speakers to include "gangster" gardener Ron Finley and SHFT co-founders Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer

Fronius and Loxone offer a comprehensive energy management solution

Increased private consumption through intelligent home automation

SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO BE HONORED WITH THE NEW "RESONATE" AWARD

The award winners will be announced in the Spring of 2014.

Powering Up The Drones With Solar Energy

Advances in solar cell technology can make drones a more powerful tool not only for the battlefield but also for civilian uses, such as firefighting, crop surveying and oil and gas field monitoring. A Silicon Valley company called Alta Devices has been working with AeroVironment to engineer a drone that can stay airborne longer and carry out missions that are impossible before. The result of the collaboration is a 13-pound prototype drone that can fly for 9 hours and 11 minutes, AeroVironment announced recently. The military contractor credited its new battery and Alta’s solar technology for the feat. A drone similar to the one by AeroVironment typically can fly for one or two hours before it has to land and recharge, said Chris Norris, Alta’s CEO. AeroVironment’s new battery is good for three hours. By embedding Alta’s ultra thin and highly efficient solar cells on the aircraft, the battery is able to recharge twice before daylight fades and keeps the drone in the air three times longer, Norris added. California-based AeroVironment is still tinkering with the design of the drone, which is part of its Puma AE line. It plans to roll out a design that it could produce and sell in early 2014.

Clenergy's solar system withstands Queensland tornados in Australia

The 9kW system in the Queensland city Australia, installed with Clenergy's SolarTerrace III solar mounting system, survived a series of tornados that ran across and beyond the Bundaberg area. The solar mounting system remained standing as installed, , with the frame only needing one rail replaced.

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