As the need for clean energy increases, engineers are working to expand production and improve the efficiency of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar factories. Five years ago, a 30 MW solar fab was a competitive size. Now, companies routinely plan 300 MW-scale fabs, and some are considering fabs on the scale of 3 GW over the next few years. A key driver in this increase in fab scale is the goal of producing solar modules at a cost of less than US$1 per watt.
This week we are featuring a three part series that looks at the interrelated building blocks that are key contributors to meeting this goal for c-Si PV:
The Government of India hosted the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 recently on the theme of "Up-scaling and Mainstreaming Renewables for Energy Security, Climate Change and Economic Development". The show was the most significant event on renewable energy ever held in India, attracted more than 9,000 delegates and had more than 250 speakers and 600 exhibitors from 50 countries – including ministerial delegations from several countries.