By the end of 2017, electric vehicle sales in the U.S. had surged to record highs.
However, many analysts believe that the rapid growth in the market will soon crash, as more people realize that EVs aren’t all they were made for and want to move on to the next level of energy.
Here are six other key solar energy technologies that could be on the chopping block as EVs continue to gain popularity.1.
Solar Energy StorageWith solar power being a big part of many electric vehicles, it was expected that solar energy storage would be a major part of the electric vehicle market.
Unfortunately, many people were very skeptical of this technology, because it’s still a relatively new technology.
Solar power storage is an extremely efficient form of solar power, but its efficiency drops when its being used in a vehicle.2.
Solar Cell ManufacturingA new solar cell manufacturing process known as “battery recycling” has been developed, and it’s a great example of how technology can transform industries.
Battery recycling allows for the recycling of solar cells to produce solar cells that are more energy dense and thus more energy efficient than their conventional counterparts.3.
Energy Storage for Solar EnergyBattery recycling can be a great way to improve the energy efficiency of solar energy.
However in order to be effective, batteries have to be made with highly specialized chemistry that’s extremely expensive.
Solar energy storage can be made by using the same process to create batteries with much higher energy density.4.
Solar Battery Production in the USSolar batteries are the most commonly used energy storage for solar electric vehicles.
In fact, solar battery production in the United States has surpassed solar electric vehicle production for the first time in history.5.
Battery Storage Technology for Energy StorageIn 2016, the U,S.
Department of Energy and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a study that looked at solar energy battery production from the National Renewables Fund (NREF) for 2017.
The study found that solar battery manufacturing can generate enough energy to power 1.5 million American homes.6.
Solar Power for Energy Battery ProductionIn 2018, NREL published a report titled, “New Opportunities in Solar Energy Battery Manufacturing: What Are the Challenges, Challenges for the Future?” in which they estimated that the solar power industry will need an energy storage capability that’s 25% to 50% more energy-dense than conventional batteries by 2050.
The NREL report concluded that solar power battery production would need to increase from 0.6GW to 5GW in order for solar energy to meet the energy requirements of the future.7.
Solar Cells for Energy RecoveryWhen you use the term energy storage, you’re typically referring to batteries that store energy.
In other words, batteries can store energy from solar, wind, or other renewable sources like solar thermal, geothermal, and hydro.
However these types of energy storage technologies aren’t very efficient in terms of energy density and they’re only usable when used in the field.
For solar, solar thermal and geothermal energy storage is only suitable for powering buildings.8.
Solar Heat for Energy ProductionA new type of energy-storage technology called “hydrothermal heat” has recently been developed.
Hydrothermal heating is an alternative way to produce heat that is very efficient at converting heat into electricity.
Hydro thermal heat is particularly efficient for use in buildings because it uses very little water.9.
Solar Cooling for Energy TransmissionSolar heat is also an efficient way to heat buildings.
However unlike other energy storage systems, hydrothermal hot is not suitable for use as a heat pump, which is required for energy storage.10.
Solar Thermal for Energy EfficiencySolar thermal can be used to produce energy in the form of heat.
However hydrothermals heat is more efficient at storing heat than hydrothermic heat.
Hydro thermal is especially efficient at producing heat in buildings that use electricity.11.
Solar Gas StorageFor some solar power producers, the development of solar thermal for energy efficiency was critical to reaching a larger market share in the electric power industry.
In 2017, SolarCity and General Electric jointly announced that they were developing solar thermal technology for energy generation.12.
Solar Hydrogen StorageSolar hydrogen storage is a new type to the solar storage market that has been discovered in recent years.
Hydrogen is an energy-producing compound that has a high energy density that is used to power many of the world’s power plants.13.
Solar Storage in the Energy Storage IndustryWhile it may not be practical for the average person to use solar power to power their home or business, it’s important to remember that many of these technologies can be utilized for energy production in certain industries.
The energy storage industry in particular is a promising area for solar power because of the fact that there are several new technologies that are currently under development.