07 Aug '17, 4pm

#3dprinting solar panels could provide 1.3 billion people with electricity

Now that public interest in solar has skyrocketed, engineers have been rushing to find more flexible and durable alternatives to older solar panels. At the same time, the makeup of solar technology puts it in a unique position to provide power to dry, sun-soaked climates—many of which happen to be in energy-poor, developing nations. Solar investment data shows that many developing nations understand the advantages of solar and are heeding the call. From 2011 to 2013, solar investments in nations outside of the G-20 grew rapidly, rising from 5.8% of the total global share to 8% by the end of 2013. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts , developing countries in Southeast Asia comprise a proportionally large share of these investments, with nations like Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines all appearing in the top ten non-G-20 investors. Perhaps not coincidentally, the ene...

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