Almost all solar panels are made with silicon — and makers can’t buy enough of it
Sometimes it’s possible to be a little too successful. The solar power industry has been on a tear, growing at more than 30% per year for the last six years. It’s poised to reach a surprising milestone within two years, when it will gobble up more silicon for its electricity-generating panels than semiconductor makers use in all their chips and devices. The onetime “‘tree-hugger’ industry is not a niche business anymore,” says Lisa Frantzis, director of renewable energy at Navigant Consulting Inc. You can read the entire article here.
Photovoltaics are expensive to produce because of the high cost of semiconducting materials. Cost reductions can be achieved by reducing manufacturing costs. As manufacturing capacity increases, costs of manufacturing decrease. Manufacturers aim to achieve the break-even cost for a photovoltaic system, at which the cost of the electricity it produces is equal to the cost of electricity from an alternative source plus the cost of delivering this electricity to the site. The distance a power line needs to be extended to equal the installation cost of a photovoltaic system is called the break-even distance.
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In New Delhi on Friday President APJ Abdul Kalam said “India should increase the use of renewable energy to achieve energy independence and preserve and protect the environment”.
The country appears to be moving towards energy independence, and not wanting to rely on foreign oil to power the country. With all the trouble surrounding the attainment of oil I would say this is a smart thing to do.