What is it about?

Solar Photovoltaics (PV) is a highly competitive technology supporting the transition towards a low-carbon energy system. However, what does their wide diffusion imply? This paper identifies a heterogeneous landscape of Research Priorities and Research Needs focused around the issues of renewable energy sources’ variability, the impacts of curtailment, material (re-)use and module efficiency, synergies with the cooling/heating sector, quality criteria and standardisation, as well as new support schemes and business models which are important factors for the succesful wide uptake of solar PV.

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Why is it important?

The findings of this researh work can be taken up by academic institutions or technology associations to shape further directions for research. A list of implications to guide potential end-users involved in the field of policy and practice is also provided.

Perspectives

Many papers so far have expressed several needs for further research, based on a single aspect (e.g. technological, economic, etc.). However, a combined, aspect-free presentation of specific research needs, which also reflect the viewpoints of technology associations, to the best of our knowledge does not exist. The central aim of this review paper, is to combine stakeholders’ perspectives and concerns with regard to future research needs and priorities, with scientific literature to conclude with specific directions for further research and applications.

Serafeim Michas
University of Piraeus

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This page is a summary of: Identifying Research Priorities for the further development and deployment of Solar Photovoltaics, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, July 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14786451.2018.1495207.
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