Is Massive Solar Energy Conversion a Practical Prospect?

  • J. O’M. Bockris


Seven methods for solar energy to electricity are described; costs per kW and of the derived electricity costs are given. Availability limits the choice of photovoltaics except AlSb or AlSi. Recent technology would reduce silicon based plants to $375 per kW. Electrolysis at site and hydrogen passage would make far-off sources economic: desert concentrators with heat engines or ocean thermal gradient collectors. Electricity would be 10 mils per kWh-1; hydrogen $2.23 per 106 Btu.


Solar Cell Solar Energy Heat Engine Solar Energy Conversion Cadmium Sulphide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. O’M. Bockris
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Solar and Electrochemical Energy ConversionFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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