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GLRPPR Sector Resource: The Future of Solar Energy

Title:
The Future of Solar Energy

Abstract:
This study considers only the two widely recognized classes of technologies for converting solar energy into electricity -- photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), sometimes called solar thermal) -- in their current and plausible future forms. Because energy supply facilities typically last several decades, technologies in these classes will dominate solar-powered generation between now and 2050, and we do not attempt to look beyond that date. In contrast to some earlier Future of studies, we also present no forecasts -- for two reasons. First, expanding the solar industry dramatically from its relatively tiny current scale may produce changes we do not pretend to be able to foresee today. Second, we recognize that future solar deployment will depend heavily on uncertain future market conditions and public policies -- including but not limited to policies aimed at mitigating global climate change.

URL:
http://energy.mit.edu/publication/future-solar-energy/

Source:
MIT Energy Initiative

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2017

Associated Sectors:

  P2Rx

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