Advantages And Disadvantages Of Photovoltaics

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Photovoltaics. Photovoltaic panels that conform to curved or otherwise irregular surfaces offer numerous advantages over the heavy and rigid panels that account for most of today’s photovoltaic electricity generation. “Building-integrated photovoltaics” (BIPV) could allow photovoltaic laminates to be applied directly to building surfaces or incorporated in building products such as shingles and siding.14 Dr.
Harry Zervos of the consultancy IDTechEx observes that “it will be easy to go to the local DIY shop and buy rolled or folded solar panels and fit them in the average family car to take them home. There will be no need to strengthen the home roof before installing such panels.”15
Current organic photovoltaics (PV) technology has reached conversion efficiency of
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Flexible electronics have potential in many important applications, such as wearable health monitoring devices and medical implants. Medical patches and implants utilizing bendable and stretchable sensors can potentially monitor a wide range of biological functions.21 Smart textiles. Flexible electronics technology may enable the creation of fabrics that can alter their characteristics in response to external stimuli, whether mechanical, thermal, electrical, chemical, or biological. “Currently much of this field is still in the development or prototype stage, with significant work going into areas such as stretchability and hybrid integration.”22
Defense applications. Flexible electronics devices printed onto uniforms, including electronic readers, displays featuring high-quality photographs, maps, and other information, and communications devices would drastically reduce the loads soldiers carry. sensors can be placed on aircraft and vehicles to perform multiple functions. Printed photovoltaic devices on tents, buildings,
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