NICE, France, July 5 (Reuters) – A major pilot project by Europe’s largest power network operator to integrate power from rooftop solar panels into the grid has shown that battery storage of renewable energy is not yet economically viable in Europe. In 1954, Bell Labs in the U.S. introduced the first solar PV device that produced a useable amount of electricity, and by 1958, solar cells were being used in a variety of small-scale scientific and commercial applications. The energy crisis of the 1970s saw the beginning of major interest in using solar cells to produce electricity in homes and businesses, but prohibitive prices (nearly 30 times higher than the current price) made large-scale applications impractical. For more information on the state of the solar PV market in the US, visit our solar industry data page.
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More recently there has been an increase in the use of using offshore wind turbines to generate electricty, particularly around the coasts of Europe, and this is another potential are for growth in the wind energy industry. Ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC for short is a theoretical way of getting renewable energy out of the sea, by taking advantage of the temperature difference between surface seawater and deep deawater.
The inverter is typically installed in the lowest level of your house along with the battery storage. A solar power system can be installed to provide a payback period of about 10 years. Solar power systems have a 30-year life period and need little maintenance unless a panel has been physically damaged. Solar energy is one of the fastest growing forms of eco-friendly energy in the world today.
Source: The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century ( REN21 )-Global Status Report 64 65 66 67 68. Renewable energy technologies are getting cheaper, through technological change and through the benefits of mass production and market competition. Renewable energy costs continue to drop, and the levelised cost of electricity ( LCOE ) is declining for wind power, solar photovoltaic ( PV ), concentrated solar power ( CSP ) and some biomass technologies.
Some countries, such as France and Germany, have banned the technology for fear of possible environmental effects , but such concerns accompany all new energy technologies, even those touted for their environmental virtues. The most recent Report Card for American Infrastructure , prepared with 2009 data by the American Society of Civil Engineers, gives the country’s energy system a D+, largely because the grid is relatively old and its operations are repeatedly challenged by spikes of high summer demand. As for Europe, there may be better interconnections, but it faces other problems in converting to wind and solar power.
However it would be possible to overcome these and if the cost of panels comes down there may very well be solar panels on wind turbines in the future. BB – on another hub I was told that there are now ‘wraparound’ solar collectors that they are putting on poles to power street lights, so maybe the idea will spread. 2patricias I could write probably hundreds of pages about the pros and cons of renewable energy schemes – now I am in the industry I know how hard it is to get planning permission especially in the UK! There are even ones which are incorporated into T-shirts etc!Only issue is the obvious cost (such wraparound panels cost more than conventional ones for power produced).