Chapter 1

Introduction and Overview

Bent Sørensen    Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark


The contents of the book is introduced by way of a short overview of the reasons for considering energy storage in connection with either thermal or electric solar energy systems.


solar thermal energy

solar electric energy

storage technologies

For some five decades, the cost of solar photovoltaic systems has declined from space industry levels toward affordability for individual consumers, helped by the occasional government subsidy programs in effect in one country or another for a limited time. The current decade is seeing solar panel prices being increasingly accepted by ...

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