J. Phys. IV France 09 (1999) Pr3-717-Pr3-722
Commerciability aspects of solar power technologiesA. Roy
Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
A perspective of the present world power-plant market statistics is sketched out in terms of market-size ($billion per year), versus the specific installed cost (k$/kW) of various plants or technologies (allowing variants like size, local factors, etc.). Within the wide statistics spectrum, the present status of a few commerciallized solar technologies can be positioned The techno-economics and market-penetration aspects of those solar power technologies are discussed, including prevailing costs, production volume, business niches and and costs analyses. For developing a better understanding of commerciability aspects, a distinct system-subsystems cost-breakdown strncture is attempted, which although simplified, is capable of elucidating the intrinsic cost characteristics of the solar genus, and of facilitating costs estimates for enhanced mass production and economies of scale in the future.
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