The presentation of
Solar Technology Roadmaps
On Monday, 29 September 2014, 3:00 p.m. Paris time
Maria van der Hoeven
Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Head of Renewable Energy Division, IEA
Will solar energy contribute significantly to the power mix of the future? Already, in the past three years, the world has added more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than in the preceding four decades, while components for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants are reaching commercial maturity, promising higher efficiency and lower costs. But which new policies can foster further technological developments to increase deployment of either type of solar generation? And can policy makers deliver consistent signals and avoid stop-and-go cycles for the industry?
Two new IEA technology roadmaps, Solar Thermal Electricity and Solar Photovoltaic Energy, describe in detail a vision for deployment, including necessary policy actions, to significantly increase solar’s share of the energy mix in the coming decades. Among other aspects, the roadmap for solar PV also analyses how best to integrate the variable resource into electricity grids, while the roadmap for solar thermal electricity examines advantages the technology holds over solar PV in terms of systems perspectives, particularly built-in thermal storage capacities. Both roadmaps look at individual markets, highlighting priority actions and milestones for governments, research and industry stakeholders to achieve a vision for deployment based on updated modelling results consistent with the IEA flagship technology publicationEnergy Technology Perspectives 2014 and its “high-renewables” climate-friendly scenario.
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