Even after achieving the SunShot Initiative’s cost targets for solar energy, successful systems integration will remain as the key barrier to enable significantly higher levels of penetration and growth in solar power generation. To fully realize the SunShot goals, it is critical to address the challenges to successful integration of solar generation into the power grid (both transmission and distribution). SunShot’s Systems Integration (SI) subprogram has developed a vision and action plan with quantifiable metrics to fulfill SunShot’s goals.
2013 was a big comeback year for CSP in the United States with the commissioning of the Abengoa Solana plant, the first sync of the BrightSource Energy Ivanpah plant, and other major plants well along in their schedules. CSP is experiencing a true renaissance moment in the United States. In this session, expert panelists will address the challenges and opportunities for CSP in both domestic and international markets.
Disruptive solar technologies entering the PV and CSP landscape today hold the potential to greatly impact the future of solar energy conversion. This session will highlight new techniques, processes, materials, and ‘game changing’ revelations over the last several years, while also exploring the major obstacles to commercialization. Three speakers will provide fifteen minute presentations on promising areas such as combinatorial materials synthesis, perovskites for photovoltaics, inverse design, and photon enhanced thermionics.
As PV system installations continue to ramp up across the United States, the process for handling used and expired PV modules in the next 20-30 years would benefit from serious planning and forethought. This session will explore the major issues related to developing and establishing an operational recycling program for PV modules in the U.S. The discussion will also address key areas of interest: the current status of PV recycling in the U.S.
The global PV manufacturing landscape has undergone significant changes in the past decade, from geographic and economic changes in the supply chain to a significant increase in PV module production by fewer manufacturers. The lessons learned over the last decade will guide the future of this growing industry. This session will explore the future of PV manufacturing over the next 5 to 10 years, both domestic and abroad.
New products and solutions must overcome numerous challenges and seamlessly navigate various phases on the maturation path to market success. This panel will examine challenges to scaling up, meeting capital requirements, and finding and acquiring customers. The session will also explore potential paths for new products and solutions, such as startup ventures, technology transfer to any size business, corporate funded research and development, or strategic acquisition.
This proposal provides a set of near term, fixed milestones for certain activities along with a commitment by DOE to develop future milestones on a rolling basis as technical issues are resolved or when sufficient project planning and design information is otherwise available.