Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Is It Applicable in Brazil? – A Review Applied to Brazilian Case

Wilmer Emilio García Moreno 1 , Andressa Ullmann Duarte 1 , Litiéle dos Santos 1  and Rogério Vescia Lourega 1 , 2
  • 1 Graduation Program in Materials Engineering and Technology, Brazil
  • 2 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil

Abstract

The photovoltaic technologies have been developed year by year in different countries; however, there are some countries where this kind of energy is being born, such as the Brazilian case. In this paper, some important parameters are analysed and applied to different solar cell materials, identifying that if the fossil fuels were substituted by solar cells, it would reduce the CO2 emissions by 93.2%. In addition, it is shown that the efficiency of solar cells is not as farther as it could be thought from coal thermoelectrical plants in Brazil and the cost of energy using solar cells could be as good as these thermoelectrical plants. Finally, the potentiality of Brazilian territory to implant this technology is presented, identifying that with the use of 0.2% of the territory, the energy demand could be supplied.

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