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Snapshot of Photovoltaics—February 2020

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Via E. Fermi 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Energies 2020, 13(4), 930; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13040930
Received: 7 February 2020 / Revised: 15 February 2020 / Accepted: 18 February 2020 / Published: 19 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Accelerating the Adoption of Solar Energy towards a Low-Carbon Future)
Since the demonstration of the first modern silicon solar cells at Bell Labs in 1954, it took 58 years until the cumulative installed photovoltaic electricity generation capacity had reached 100 GW by the end of 2012. Then, it took another five years to reach an annual installation capacity of over 100 GW in 2017 and close to 120 GW in 2019. As a consequence, the total world-wide installed photovoltaic electricity generation capacity exceeded 635 GW at the end of 2019. Although it witnessed a 20% and 25% decrease in annual installations in 2018 and 2019, respectively, China was again the largest market with 30 GW of annual installations. The number of countries in the club with more than 1 GW annually has increased to 18 countries in 2019. The use of local battery storage systems in solar farms as well as decentralized photovoltaic electricity generation systems combined has again increased, due to the falling storage system costs. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energies; photovoltaic; energy challenge; policy options; technological development; market development; battery storage renewable energies; photovoltaic; energy challenge; policy options; technological development; market development; battery storage
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Jäger-Waldau, A. Snapshot of Photovoltaics—February 2020. Energies 2020, 13, 930. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13040930

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Jäger-Waldau A. Snapshot of Photovoltaics—February 2020. Energies. 2020; 13(4):930. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13040930

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