Towards an optimized design method for pv-powered consumer and professional applications - the syn-energy project

E.A. Alsema, B. Elzen, N.H. Reich, W. van Sark, S.Y. Kan, S. Silvester, M. Veefkind, J. Jelsma

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    Abstract

    Within the SYN-Energy project the aim is to improve the design of solar-powered products by improving scientific understanding on basic issues that affect the performance of solar power supplies and by assessing environmental and user issues in an early stage of product design. In the paper we show how an informed product selection can be made based on analyses of energy balance, potential environmental benefits, market potential and user preferences. Also it is shown that it is not straightforward that solar-powered devices have positive environmental effect. In general only devices where primary batteries are replaced by solar-charged secondary batteries and which have a good design can give an environmental benefit.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, 6-10 June 2005, Barcelona
    EditorsW. Palz, H. Ossenbrink, P. Helm
    Place of PublicationMunich
    PublisherWIP - Renewable Energies
    Pages1981-1984
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • Solar-powered consumer products
    • Product design
    • Environmental effect

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