History and efficacy of photovoltaic panels (solar panels). We introduce the LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) as a good metric for comparing energy sources.
KYMN Climate Show April 19
- Levelized cost of energy
- One of the most widely used levelized cost studies is conducted by Lazard, an international financial advisory and asset management firm.
sum of all costs (build, maintain, decommission?) LCOE = ---------------------------------------------------- sum of elect. energy over lifetime
- Utility scale power plants (coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, hydro).
(This is a fun time waster, a map-based overview of the State – https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=MN)
- Explaining the plummeting cost of solar power
Researchers uncover the factors that have caused photovoltaic module costs to drop by 99 percent (1980-2015)
* 25% due to improving PV efficiency
- Evaluating the causes of cost reduction in photovoltaic modules
Photovoltaic (PV) module costs have declined rapidly over forty years but the reasons remain elusive. Here we advance a conceptual framework and quantitative method for quantifying the causes of cost changes in a technology, and apply it to PV modules.
- Trump proposed budget cuts will reduce R&D, hurt U.S. competitiveness, innovation
[A wonky magazine that gets excited over “world backup day” – and I don’t mean the beep-beep-beep kind of backup]
- Renewable Energy Will Be Consistently Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels By 2020, Report Claims
Globally, onshore wind schemes are now costing an average of $0.06 per kilowatt hour (kWh), although some schemes are coming in at $0.04 per KwH, while the cost of solar PV is down to $0.10 per KwH. In comparison, the cost of electricity generation based on fossil fuels typically falls in a range of $0.05 to $0.17 per KwH.
The KYMN Climate Show with Bruce and Alan: The KYMN Climate Show with Bruce Morlan and Alan Anderson is a once-monthly show that explores the climate issues in the news and then digs into the stories to clarify what the supporting science tells us about our changing climate and how we will have to respond to those changes. With diverse backgrounds, their pursuit is knowledge and reason about our changing climate. KYMN Climate Show will air the first Wednesday of the month at 11am.