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Number 2: Solar PV and thermal – a marriage made in heaven?

In 2010 our correspondent George Marsh wrote an article suggesting how the two disciplines of Solar PV and Solar Thermal could complement each other in one project:

Solar photovoltaic cells become less efficient as they get hotter, a decline that can be substantial on hot sunny days. Furthermore, solar PV is inefficient and some energy is ‘lost’ to the surrounding environment. What solar PV needs is a partner able to complement its strengths and compensate its deficiencies. Fortunately, such a partner exists – solar thermal. Now it seems the two are getting together in what could be a happy marriage...

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Energy efficiency  •  Energy infrastructure  •  Photovoltaics (PV)  •  Solar electricity  •  Solar heating and cooling