One of the reasons for its slow adoption - cost. Being a one-off project as well, its greener capability these factors should drive its market faster. But what about the BANK OF BATTERIES? Cost of putting this in place, i think outweighed all other budget of Solar power.
@Stochastic excursion, Yes, I agree that there are still questions surrounding renewable energy's long term viability. Solar and other renewable energy has its pros and cons. Nothing is completely risk free. We'll continue to have this debate until a new technology emerges. One thing is clear, solar power is said to be greener than Fossil fuels. PV I understand compares favourably with all.
I see two distinct trends going on here: industrial/corporate/business adoption of solar, which means companies spending money on facilities upgrades or integrating solar in new facilities. Then there is consumer. I think the solar trend will follow what happened with LED lighting: it's expensive, so it takes a significant upfront commitment to invest for long-term savings. Companies may be more willing to do this now that the overall economy is looking up in most parts of the world. It will take longer for consumers to adopt solar--it is way too expensive for me to contemplate, and in the US the tax incentives are just not that good. I'd be more inclined to spend the money if the government would give me a bigger break, but right now the return on investment is just pennies on the $1,000 (at least on replacement windows.) The Obama administration professes to be investing in moving the US forward, but so far they have spent more money in businesses that have gone bankrupt than tax breaks. Time will tell...
Solar power will always have a consumer appeal from a supply chain perspective, since, in principle, it does not require raw materials to produce energy other than the initial plant and maintenance items. There are still questions as to whether solar and other renewables represent a viable long-term solution to the energy needs of modern industry. The existence of many large power plants with renewable energy sources however, means that this form of energy has at least some role in the future of industry.
Japan's FiT in July is among the highest in the world. It's clear that Japan's FiT will shake the solar market. New solar technology will show in Japan. This is it! As you know, earthquake in japan is happening frequently. Floating solar panels installation is one of the best solutions for power crisis in Japan. So you have to reduce the vibration to install Floating solar panels. Because, it makes many kinds of problems! The vibration's caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for Floating solar panels installation has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when Floating solar panels are being rolled and pitched on the water. Recently, this Floating Body Stabilizer's using to reduce the Vibration of Floating Solar Panels in South Korea. You can see New Floating Body Stabilizer videos in YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moO--q5B92k, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA_xFp5ktbU&feature=youtu.be.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.