Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Two years, SunShot firm in his solar mission

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
New Hampshire, USA-Ramamoorthy Ramesh is a man in a hurry. As the Director of the Department of energy SunShot sounds initiative he the clock is ticking as the program-inch on his mission to the installed lower solar 75 percent by the end of the Decade.

The dual principles of NULL-support solar and the looming 2020 Orient goal two years in the ambitious program, Ramesh and its employees.

"There is a sense of urgency, because the stakes are so high", said that Ramesh in an interview prior to the program this week in Denver, collect Colorado

In an industry that often on a quarterly basis increased installation numbers and incremental from yesterday's share prices, efficiency judged is Ramesh's role to a holistic, long-term view of the industry, the value of which he says will extend well into the trillions of dollars. What are the challenges where the bottlenecks are and what are the technologies that solar make a free-standing industry, to produce the 15 to 18 percent of America's electricity by 2030? And how can it align better America's growing capacity with its shrinking production site?

The SunShot initiative tries the type calendar same national focus, the challenge to land a man on the Moon was called by President Kennedy until the end of the 1960s in the life. This was a movement defined by innovation and proud. The SunShot certainly not initiative will increase at this level in the national consciousness, but those political invested - from the White House later in the program – expect from mirror the moon landing of the success in linking new technologies with American production and purchasing power.

Initiative is working, the DOE's SunShot to also do this, and it is more than just the crystalline silicon panels, which currently dominates the industry view. What he is looking for, those technologies and models, the challenge with high risk, high reward folk wisdom and define the features of the US solar market.

The program with a $310 million budget for next year is planned look at lots of options: from the reduction in the cost of concentrating solar power (CSP), concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) and all kinds of thin films for their financing and policy models. But it does so in a way quite different that much maligned loan program guarantee the program. Rather than large sums of private companies to effectively scale up pump, smaller amounts of cash in national laboratories has the SunShot and academic institutions as well as private companies - installed all with the objective of reducing the solar is the bottom line.

All of this takes place against the backdrop of the political reality. Organisations such as the Heartland Institute have criticised it as another example of "solar always a handout", and it is unlikely that it would get a vote of confidence by a Romney administration. So a Watt installation in this sense is the initiative in a greater hurry to prove their effectiveness and a viable course towards its stated $1 to set goals.

In the past a number of activities, which could drive cost reduction in manufacturing, financing and installation days alone - as it announced the program for a two-year update type in Denver, geared - up. And in typical SunShot fashion, it has United in a way, the participants through a shared vision. Here are three new projects that underline the diversity of the programme approach.

Production: Competition through cooperation

A winner a SunShot investment in 2011, the U.S. photovoltaic production Consortium (PVMC), an industry-led coalition, that a road map for CIGS thin-film technology, create this week his management team announced during the further detailing the supply chain to combine his plans.

The technology, which uses lags Copper Indium-Gallium selenide far behind crystalline silicon on market share, but companies such as Japan's solar start frontier, make a hole. The new group aims to laboratories and material to bring together companies and organisations, decision makers and module manufacturers, integrators and utilities.

The Group turns to catch up CIGS too inexpensive panels from China to help that some leaders with deep experience in the field of solar-Alain Kaloyeros of the College of Nanoscale Science & engineering; Dan Armbrust, President and CEO of SEMATECH; Larry Kazmerski, Director of the National Center for photovoltaics at the national renewable energy Laboratory (NREL); Joseph LAIA, before recently President

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