Reexamination of the feasibility of a world-wide, photovoltaic energy grid

Henry W. Brandhorst, Christopher Schauerman, Matthew Ganter, Thomas Seager, Ryne Raffaelle

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Abstract

The earth is irradiated daily by enough solar energy to fulfill all the world's energy needs by using photovoltaic systems. Such a world-wide energy grid would eliminate costly local energy storage systems. Furthermore, such a grid could take advantage of existing national energy grids. This concept is based three factors : 1) the ability to produce enough photovoltaic panels and 2) a feasible way of providing a cost-effective means of interconnecting the multitude of photovoltaic fields exists across the world and 3) the ability of the world's nations to reach agreements that make such a plan possible. The paper will discuss these issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
Pages507-511
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2009Jun 12 2009

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period6/7/096/12/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Brandhorst, H. W., Schauerman, C., Ganter, M., Seager, T., & Raffaelle, R. (2009). Reexamination of the feasibility of a world-wide, photovoltaic energy grid. In 2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 (pp. 507-511). [5411632] (Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference). https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2009.5411632