Hype Cycle for Solar Energy, 2011



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Innovations in solar energy technology continue to drive down costs for this renewable energy source, which is increasingly important as support for generous government subsidies begins to wane.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
    • The Priority Matrix
    • Off the Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • 3D Photovoltaic Devices
      • Dish/Stirling Engine
      • Kerfless Wafering
      • Organic/Polymer Solar Cells
      • Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
      • Molten Salt Energy Storage
      • Solar Power Tower
    • At the Peak
      • Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries
      • Silicon Anode Batteries
      • Building-Integrated PV Solar
      • Nanomaterial Supercapacitors
      • Energy Storage — Renewable Support
      • DC-DC Converters
      • Thermal (or Concentrated) Solar Power
      • Solar Power Mobile Devices
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Parabolic Trough
      • High-Concentration Photovoltaics
      • Microinverters
      • CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cells
      • Low-Concentration Photovoltaics
      • Selective Emitter Solar Cell
      • Vehicle-Integrated Solar Panels
      • UMG Silicon
      • Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells
      • Energy Storage (Grid Support)
      • PV Monitoring Services
      • Solar PPA
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Energy Storage (UPS/Power Quality)
      • Photovoltaic Generation
      • CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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