, Volume 41, Supplement 2, pp 103–107 | Cite as

Overview: Capturing the Sun for Energy Production



Solar energy has potential to provide a major part of our energy for our future, as heat, electricity, and fuels. Most solar technologies are still at the research and development stage, however. There is therefore a need for bold and enduring efforts in research, development and commercialization, including strategic legislative measures and infrastructure investments. This overview article serves as an introduction to the present Special Report, briefly outlining the potential, principles and possibilities as well as some of the challenges of solar energy conversion.


Solar energy Photovoltaics Solar fuels Solar thermal energy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Photochemistry and Molecular Science, Department of Chemistry—Ångström LaboratoryUppsala universityUppsalaSweden

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