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Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet by Varun Sivaram
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“But my colleagues in academia had shown me that solar technologies far superior to today’s already exist in the lab. If they could be refined and mass-produced, they could one day make it possible to harness the sun’s energy much more efficiently and cheaply.”
Varun Sivaram, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
“From Chile to China, more solar farms—vast fields of PV panels—sprouted than all other types of power plants combined. And as producers—mostly in Asia—churned out silicon-based panels year after year, they got better at shaving the technology’s costs.”
Varun Sivaram, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
“In 2015, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk quipped, “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun. You don’t have to do anything. It just works. It shows up every day and produces ridiculous amounts of power.”
Varun Sivaram, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
“Because both nuclear and fossil plants are widely used in today’s power sector, building them into the future electricity mix would be least disruptive to the status quo.”
Varun Sivaram, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
“Experts breathlessly prophesied that it was only a matter of time before solar PV dethroned fossil fuels”
Varun Sivaram, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet