Renewable energy technologies and its adaptation in an urban environment

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Title: Renewable energy technologies and its adaptation in an urban environment
Authors: Thampi, Ravindranathan
Byrne, Owen
Surolia, Praveen K.
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Date: Feb-2014
Online since: 2014-11-07T10:07:17Z
Abstract: This general article is based on the inaugural talk delivered at the opening of OMTAT 2013 conference. It notes that the integration of renewable energy sources into living and transport sectors presents a daunting task, still. In spite of the fact that the earth and its atmosphere continually receive 1.7 × 1017 watts of radiation from the sun, in the portfolio of sustainable and environment friendly energy options, which is about 16% of the world’s energy consumption and mostly met by biomass, only a paltry 0.04% is accredited to solar. First and second generation solar cells offer mature technologies for applications. The most important difficulty with regards to integration with structures is not only the additional cost, but also the lack of sufficient knowledge in managing the available energy smartly and efficiently. The incorporation of PV as a part of building fabric greatly reduces the overall costs compared with retrofitting. BIPV (Building Integrated photovoltaic) is a critical technology for establishing aesthetically pleasing solar structures. Infusing PV and building elements is greatly simplified with some of the second generation thin film technologies now manufactured as flexible panels. The same holds true for 3rd generation technologies under development such as, and dye- and quantum dot- sensitized solar cells . Additionally, these technologies offer transparent or translucent solar cells for incorporation into windows and skylights. This review deals with the present state of solar cell technologies suitable for BIPV and the status of BIPV applications and its future prospects.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: AIP Publishing
Journal: American Institute of Physics Proceedings
Volume: 1576
Issue: 3
Start page: 3
End page: 18
Copyright (published version): 2014 AIP Publishing LLC
Keywords: Renewable energyIntegrated photovoltaicSolar cells
DOI: 10.1063/1.4861968
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Optoelectronic Materials and Thin Films: OMTAT 2013. Kochi, Kerala, India, 3–5 January 2013
Appears in Collections:Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Research Collection

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