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Table Of Contents
List of Contributors Hymn to the Sun Introduction to Solar Power for theWorld PARTI ALIFE FOR PV: WOLFGANG PALZ'S NOTABLE ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT FROM THE EARLY DAYS UNTIL NOW 1 The Rising Sun in a Developing World Wolfgang Palz 1.1 Electric Power, a Pillar of Modern Society 1.1.1 Electricity in Today's Life 1.1.2 The ConventionalWorld of Electricity 1.1.3 Solar PV: A Part of the New Semiconductor World 1.2 Looking Back to Light the Future 1.2.1 The Emergence of Electricity 1.2.2 From the Voltaic Pile to the Photovoltaic Cell 1.2.3 Photovoltaic Power: The First Steps 1.3 Solar Power for Space Satellites 1.4 First Ideas about Lighting with Solar Power 1.4.1 Mutations of the Societies in the US and Europe 1.4.2 A New Awareness for Solar Power 1.4.3 The Oil-Price Shocks and the Nuclear Disaster of 1986 1.5 After the Vision: A Mountain of Challenges 1.5.1 PV in the Starting Blocks in 1973 1.5.2 The Cost Problem: Technological Challenges 1.5.3 The Chicken and Egg Problem: Mass Production 1.5.4 Entrenched Energy Strategies and Politics 1.5.5 Against Dominant Allocations of State Budgets 1.5.6 Administrations 1.5.7 Energy Pay-Back Time and Module Lifetime 1.5.8 Intermittency of Supply 1.5.9 Environmental Challenges 1.6 Leadership 1.6.1 The Pioneering Role of the US 1.6.2 France: A European Solar Pioneer 1.6.3 PV Start-Up in Germany 1.6.4 PV Ups and Downs in Japan 1.6.5 UNESCO 1.6.6 The European Union 1.6.7 The G8 1.6.8 The Energy Empire Fights Back 2 Solar Power for the World Wolfgang Palz 2.1 Basics for a New Solar Age 2.1.1 The Ethical Imperative of Photovoltaics 2.1.2 Cost and Social Acceptance: Ingredients for a Viable Energy Strategy 2.1.3 PV as Part of a Holistic Approach towards Renewable Energy Implementation and Energy Conservation 2.1.4 What about the Power Plants on the Road? 126.96.36.199 Car drivers and their power plants 188.8.131.52 Mobilising PV for transport 2.2 Driving Forces 2.2.1 Aspirations of the People 2.2.2 Preserving Nature and Alleviating Climate Change 2.2.3 Peak Oil 2.2.4 Energy Security of Supply 2.3 The Role of Stakeholders in Society 2.3.1 Governments and Administrations 2.3.2 Industry and Finance 2.3.3 PV Costs and Benefits for Society: A Special Role for the Grid Operators 2.4 A New Energy Paradigm 2.4.1 Centralised or Decentralised PV 2.4.2 What Role Can Conventional Power Utilities Play? 2.4.3 Communities and Regions Mastering Their Own Energy Supply 2.4.4 The Autonomous Energy House: Solar Architecture and the Building Industry 2.5 Power for the People 2.5.1 Starting a Global Strategy: 10Watts per Head 2.5.2 PV for the People in the IndustrialisedWorld 2.5.3 PV for the People in the Solar Belt 2.6 Power for the Poor 2.6.1 Getting Involved 2.6.2 PV Power for the Poor in the Developing Countries 2.6.3 Power for the Poor in the Industrialised Countries 2.7 Power for Peace 3 PV Today and Forever Wolfgang Palz 3.1 Solar Power 2009-10: AWealth of Achievements 3.1.1 The Global PV Markets 2009-10 3.1.2 Political, Financial, and Industrial Environment 3.1.3 The Technology Boom Goes On 3.2 Outlook 3.2.1 On the Threshold of Commercial Viability 3.2.2 Outlook towards 2020 3.2.3 PV as Part of a 100 Percent Renewable Energy World 3.3 Conclusions PART II THE BEGINNING OF PV IN THE UNITED STATES 4 EarlyWork on Photovoltaic Devices at the Bell Telephone Laboratories Morton B. Prince 5 Terrestrial Photovoltaic Industry: The Beginning Peter F. Varadi 6 Bringing the Oil Industry into the Picture Karl Wolfgang Boer 7 The Story of SunPower Richard M. Swanson 7.1 Introduction 7.2 The Beginnings of Terrestrial PV 7.3 My Early Years 7.4 Formation of SunPower 7.5 Concentrators 7.6 Race Cars 7.7 Optical Detectors 7.8 The PV Business Takes Off 7.9 Airplanes 7.10 Project Mercury 7.11 A New Plan 7.12 Cypress 7.13 Goodbye Concentrators 7.14 Becoming a Manufacturer 7.15 Polarization 7.16 IPO 7.17 PowerLight 7.18 Epilog 8 History of Technologies, Development for Solar Silicon Cost Reduction Frederick Schmid 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Development of