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A Review of Solar Photovoltaic Levelized Cost of Electricity
The methodology of properly calculating the levelized cost of electricity for solar PV is reviewed, correcting the misconceptions made in the assumptions found throughout the literature and a template is provided for better reporting of LCOE results for PV needed to influence policy mandates or make invest decisions. Expand
Mechanical properties of components fabricated with open-source 3-D printers under realistic environmental conditions
Abstract The recent development of the RepRap, an open-source self-replicating rapid prototyper, has made 3-D polymer-based printers readily available to the public at low costs (
Quantifying Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Potential for Regional Renewable Energy Policy
A new understanding of roof area distribution and potential PV outputs has an immense significance to energy policy formulation in Ontario and the methodology developed here is transferable in other regions to assist in solar PV deployment. Expand
Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware
Theopen-source paradigm is now enabling creation of open-source scientific hardware by combining three-dimensional (3D) printing with open- source microcontrollers running on FOSS. Expand
Global value chains from a 3D printing perspective
This article outlines the evolution of additive manufacturing technology, culminating in 3D printing and presents a vision of how this evolution is affecting existing global value chains (GVCs) inExpand
Analytical model for the optical functions of amorphous semiconductors from the near-infrared to ultraviolet: Applications in thin film photovoltaics
We have developed a Kramers–Kronig consistent analytical expression to fit the measured optical functions of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) based alloys, i.e., the real and imaginary partsExpand
The Effects of Snowfall on Solar Photovoltaic Performance
Abstract Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are frequently installed in climates with significant snowfall. To better understand the effects of snowfall on the performance of PV systems, a multi-angle,Expand
Incorporating Shading Losses in Solar Photovoltaic Potential Assessment at the Municipal Scale
Recently several algorithms have been developed to calculate the solar photovoltaic (PV) potential on the basis of 2.5D raster data that can capture urban morphology. This study provides a newExpand
Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open-source 3-D printers
Abstract The recent development of open-source 3-D printers makes scaling of distributed additive-based manufacturing of high-value objects technically feasible and offers the potential forExpand
3-D Printing of Open Source Appropriate Technologies for Self-Directed Sustainable Development
This study critically examines how open source 3-D printers enable the use of designs in the public domain to fabricate open source appropriate technology (OSAT), which are easily and economically made from readily available resources by local communities to meet their needs. Expand