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Solar Power Innovation Challenges

Solar power is the leading star of longterm, alternative energy. It's source is free from the sun. It is nonpolluting. The system has no moving parts. It can have distributed sourcing from every rooftop.

What's standing in the way of going solar? Costs associated with production. Here are some of the innovation areas that need attention by our native inventors.

Solar Power Challenges courtesy of Girasolar

Although solar power can provide a cost-effective alternative for off-grid applications, we believe the principal challenge to widespread adoption of solar power for on-grid applications is reducing manufacturing costs without impairing product reliability. We believe the following advancements in solar power technology are necessary to meet this challenge:

  • Efficient material use. Reduce raw materials waste, particularly the waste associated with sawing silicon by conventional crystalline silicon technology. Efficient use of silicon is imperative for the growth of the industry due to the limited supply and increasing cost of silicon raw material expected for the near future.
  • Simplified and continuous processing. Reduce reliance on expensive, multi-step manufacturing processes.
  • Reduced manufacturing capital costs. Decrease the costs and risks associated with new plant investments as a result of lower capital costs per unit of production.
  • Improved product design and performance. Increase product conversion efficiency, longevity and ease of use. Conversion efficiency refers to the fraction of the sun's energy converted to electricity.

Source: Girasolar is a solar company innovating processes and products for the global market from their Netherlands operation including R&D, design, manufacture and distribution of components, complete solar energy systems and specialized equipment.