Global Residential Air-Conditioning Sector as a Driver for Photovoltaic Industry Growth during the 21st Century

Hannu S. Laine*, Jyri Salpakari, Marius Peters, Erin E. Looney, Ashley E. Morishige, Hele Savin, Gregory Wilson, Tonio Buonassisi

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Abstract

The air-conditioning (AC) sector offers an interesting synergy for photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation, because the demand for AC correlates with ideal times and locations for PV production. The AC sector is also a significant electricity consumer, currently comprising similar to 3 % of global electricity consumption and it is expected to grow rapidly in the future due to income and population growth in sunny countries as well as global warming. Here, we assess the potential of the residential AC sector to sustain and accelerate PV industry growth during the 21st century. We show that the residential AC sector could sustain more installed PV generation capacity than the current global PV manufacturing capacity could produce. We highlight other possible synergistic electricity consumption sectors with significant growth expected in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 44TH PHOTOVOLTAIC SPECIALIST CONFERENCE (PVSC)
PublisherIEEE
Pages3230-3233
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-5605-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Washington, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201730 Jun 2017
Conference number: 44

Publication series

NameIEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Abbreviated titlePVSC
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period25/06/201730/06/2017

Keywords

  • ENERGY
  • TRENDS
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • CLIMATE
  • DEMAND
  • LOAD

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