Analysis of market development for photovoltaics

Gregory, J.A., Bahaj, A.S. and Stainton, R.S. (1995) Analysis of market development for photovoltaics. In, Conference Record of the Twenty Fourth. IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - 1994, 1994 IEEE First World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, 1994. New York, US, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1149-1152. (doi:10.1109/WCPEC.1994.520166).


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The acceptance of any product by the market is dependant upon a multitude of formal and informal mechanisms. These include, amongst others, the technical merit of the product, its presentation, its perceived image and the user feedback to the market-place. Further growth or diffusion of the product into the market-place is possible if the image and perception are positive. If the product is difficult to use, and/or lacks the information necessary for implementation and operation, it is unlikely that it will sell well. The result is a negative image and slow market growth. Today, photovoltaic (PV) systems are technically appropriate for many applications. However, apart from specific niche markets, the overall market penetration for PV is small when compared to other products of similar developmental history. This paper discusses the market development of PV applications, reviews some of the promoted scenarios and depicts past experiences with PV systems. In particular, it looks at the market development for PV in the telecommunications and health care sectors

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1109/WCPEC.1994.520166
ISBNs: 0780314603 (hardback)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 74767
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:08

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