For solar entrepreneurs in need of funding, the U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, is offering $ 117.6 million under the auspices of the 2009 America’s New Recovery and Investments Act to solar inventors. Or startups running state-of-the-art solar technology, actually, at $ 17 million, are only available to DOE national labs such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to name a few. But it still leaves its share of the package for startups looking for solar power. Energy to develop technology solutions in photovoltaic (PV) applications.
This $ 107.6 million will be allocated in packages: $ 51.5 million for advanced PV technologies such as solar cells and modules, $ 25.6 million to focus on solar energy research 3m solar film price and development (CSP), and $ 40.5 million to solve non-technical problems. Of solar power supply such as:
o Lack of information about solar technology
o Poor consumer perception
o Inadequate or conflicting product standards
o Inadequate and outdated connections between them
o Net measurement
Various and conflicting structures, utilities, and practices for the solar system
o Conflicting and inadequate code
o The licensing process is complex, incomprehensible, and expensive.
o Inconsistent and inconsistent national and local financial incentives
o Irregular, incomplete, and inadequate financial options
o Untrained installers, inexperienced sales and service personnel, and limited opportunities to obtain an appropriate education.
President Barack Obama speaks at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, home to the country’s largest solar panels, with more than 72,000 panels installed on a single-axis tracker on 140 acres of power. 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year – or enough to power the 13,200 homes it supplies – noted that completing the Nellis solar garden took about half a year, creating 200 jobs and will help the entire Air Force The United States and its population raise nearly $ 1 million annually.
According to the president, the solar park will prevent 24,000 tons of pollution without fossil fuels and is “A sparkling example” of what America can do, using clean renewable energy to build a solid foundation for economic growth.
And it is, but $ 107.6 million in funding is needed to tackle several persistent solar power issues: photovoltaic efficiency, thin-film degradation, and the mechanical failure of photovoltaic tracking systems, just to name a few. Few
In point: tracking systems, which can improve solar energy efficiency by up to 40 percent, are not yet available for most small solar power users. Their increasing complexity, from single-axis to horizontal and even dual-axis models, not only increases the cost and complexity of the technology. But there is also a tendency for machines to fail naturally.
Thin-film PV tends to decompose at high temperatures. In fact, recent studies show that most thin-film degradation occurs within the first 100 hours of production. This overcomes the fact that photovoltaic thin films are less expensive to manufacture and cheaper to install.
Photovoltaic efficiency is another obstacle to increasing photovoltaic installations. While some agencies, such as the Fraunhofer Solar Systems Institute in Germany, report conversion efficiency in excess of 41 percent in three separate cells. But few solar cell manufacturers (Except for Sanyo) reported efficiency in excess of 23 percent – that is, a large loss of sunlight and the bulk of the cost for capturing less than a quarter of solar energy.
If you are an entrepreneur or just a homeless with some expertise, visit the DOE website at Fed Connect or check out DOE’s NREL recruitment page and apply for funding. Take your idea or invention to the next level. As politicians have pointed out for decades, perhaps the greatest threat to US security is our dependence on foreign oil and solar energy, one of the cleanest and most promising ways to get out of the state. That dilemma.