Two researchers from the University of West Florida recently reported on their inquiry into the economics of solar energy. In a paper presented at the 2011 International Conference on Electronics, Communications, and Computers (CONIELECOMP 21) in Puebla, Mexico, authors Asa T. Furman and M. H. Rashid examine the implementation of a large-scale solar installation in Ivanpah, California. The authors aim to analyze solar technologies, determine which technologies have the most potential to impact energy markets, and assess their potential as a large-scale alternative energy supply.
Furman and Rashid conclude that solar technology is in a state of constant progress, driven on the active side by progressive improvements in diode technology and on the passive side by the adoption of ever-larger capture arrays. However, they also identify some remaining questions about the actual economic feasibility of adopting solar power on a large scale.
Papers from CONIELECOMP 21 are available to Computer Society Digital Library subscribers at www.computer.org/csdl.