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Review on recent trend of solar photovoltaic technology

Gul, Mehreen; Kotak, Yash; Muneer, Tariq

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Mehreen Gul

Yash Kotak



Abstract

Solar photovoltaic technology is one of the renewable technologies, which has a potential to shape a clean, reliable, scalable and affordable electricity system for the future. This article provides a comprehensive review of solar photovoltaic technology in terms of photovoltaic materials efficiency and globally leading countries. Based on past years review and photovoltaic installations in the year 2014, the major five leading countries identified are China, Japan, USA, Germany and UK. These five countries altogether accounted for 80% of photovoltaic installations in 2014. The article also discusses the driving policies, funding and Research and Development activities: to gauge the reasons behind the success of the leading countries. Finally, this article reviews the photovoltaic cost analysis in terms of the photovoltaic module cost, balance of system cost and project cost with the help of listed 98 globally installed projects.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 19, 2016
Online Publication Date May 19, 2016
Publication Date 2016-07
Deposit Date May 20, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 20, 2016
Print ISSN 0144-5987
Electronic ISSN 2048-4054
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 4
Pages 485-526
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0144598716650552
Keywords Photovoltaic materials, photovoltaic efficiency, research and development activities, photovoltaic policy
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/10253
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0144598716650552
Contract Date May 20, 2016

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