Oil and gas has continually increased to the point where we are environmentally threatened and dependent upon foreign producers. It is interesting that the photovoltaic effect was discovered in 1838 and only first used when the space program started in 1958. Space applications stimulated the development of solar cell technology through the 70’s but no terrestrial applications were in use. In fact, it wasn’t until the oil embargo forced our government to create the Department of Energy did we experience any coordinated solar cell development for terrestrial applications.
The 80’s saw great initial strides in advanced solar cell development and reduced production costs but before we could achieve the production and cost goals, the price of oil dropped and once again solar took a back seat. It seems, however, there were some enlightened engineers that managed to stay in the race and by the late 90’s we have advanced thin film solar cell technology that will allow us to start saving the environment.
The Hubbell space telescope is a prime example of long solar cell duration. The spacecraft was designed to last five years following the early 90’s launch. It is a testament to long duration if planned and executed correctly. eNow is on that path to develop and produce very long- term solar cell designs and applications to serve the transportation industry.
I hope the industry recognizes the application and incorporates it as soon as possible. We do not need to continue burning fuel oil and polluting our atmosphere.