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Photovoltaics in Canada

Technical Report:

Abstract

A literature review was carried out for the purpose of summarizing the current conditions existing and affecting photovoltaics (PV) technology in a Canadian context. Information is presented concerning: PV device materials and efficiencies; PV cell manufacturing techniques; other materials/device designs; photovoltaic costs, markets, and research and development; PV and microelectronics; and Canadian strengths and opportunities. It was concluded that PV's simplicity, amenability to mass production and environmentally benign nature will likely assure it a faster and eventually greater market penetration than any other renewable energy form (and possibly some conventional forms). It is recommended that the Ministry of State, Science and Technology coordinate a joint microelectronics-photovoltaic research effort, by: indentifying areas where joint efforts would be mutually beneficial; identifying the strategic value of PV; identifying a set of goals for Canadian programs; coordinating efforts between government, universities and industry; developing supporting strategies for the mining and smelting of indigenous semiconducting materials; determining the economic support required to develop a silicon processing plant for the production of microelectronic chips and PV cells; developing Canadian expertise in providing complete PV systems competitive in world markets; and developing a marketing strategy for a coordinated PV/microelectronics effort. 60 refs., 17 figs., 12 tabs.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jun 01, 1983
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
MSST-CE04024; CE-04024
Reference Number:
CANM-91-001534; EDB-92-001119
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; CANADA; MANUFACTURING; MARKET; MISSION ANALYSIS; PLANNING; SOLAR ENERGY; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; ENERGY; ENERGY SOURCES; NORTH AMERICA; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; 140501* - Solar Energy Conversion- Photovoltaic Conversion; 290500 - Energy Planning & Policy- Research, Development, Demonstration, & Commercialization; 299000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Unconventional Sources & Power Generation
OSTI ID:
6022952
Research Organizations:
Ministry of State for Science and Technology, Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Availability:
Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, Communications Branch, 580 Booth St., Ottawa, ON, CAN K1A 0E4.
Submitting Site:
CANM
Size:
Pages: (77 p)
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Technical Report:

Citation Formats

Bolcso, S L. Photovoltaics in Canada. Canada: N. p., 1983. Web.
Bolcso, S L. Photovoltaics in Canada. Canada.
Bolcso, S L. 1983. "Photovoltaics in Canada." Canada.
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title = {Photovoltaics in Canada}
author = {Bolcso, S L}
abstractNote = {A literature review was carried out for the purpose of summarizing the current conditions existing and affecting photovoltaics (PV) technology in a Canadian context. Information is presented concerning: PV device materials and efficiencies; PV cell manufacturing techniques; other materials/device designs; photovoltaic costs, markets, and research and development; PV and microelectronics; and Canadian strengths and opportunities. It was concluded that PV's simplicity, amenability to mass production and environmentally benign nature will likely assure it a faster and eventually greater market penetration than any other renewable energy form (and possibly some conventional forms). It is recommended that the Ministry of State, Science and Technology coordinate a joint microelectronics-photovoltaic research effort, by: indentifying areas where joint efforts would be mutually beneficial; identifying the strategic value of PV; identifying a set of goals for Canadian programs; coordinating efforts between government, universities and industry; developing supporting strategies for the mining and smelting of indigenous semiconducting materials; determining the economic support required to develop a silicon processing plant for the production of microelectronic chips and PV cells; developing Canadian expertise in providing complete PV systems competitive in world markets; and developing a marketing strategy for a coordinated PV/microelectronics effort. 60 refs., 17 figs., 12 tabs.}
place = {Canada}
year = {1983}
month = {Jun}
}