By Jeffrey R. S. Brownson, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State University – Published in Centre Daily Times’ Focus on Research column
Get ready, we are embarking on yet another wave of energy exploration, one that will change the way that we think about energy, water and food: solar energy . . . This next era of solar will be much more diverse than photovoltaics alone, leading to new services that we have yet to imagine, much like we could not quite imagine the diverse services of social networks, weather, banking and email from a “phone” back in 1999. There is a big systems field emerging for solar within the context of the environment, society and technology, connecting solar science with design, business, art, lifestyle, health and well-being. We are calling that encompassing systems field solar ecology.
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