Needs Assessment: Photovoltaics in Disasters
Photovoltaics; Disaster Relief
In recent years, solar energy has been used sporadically for disaster relief. Disaster relief organizations knew very little about photovoltaics; therefor, the technology was not included in their plans or operations. Likewise, the photovoltaic (PV) industry has not been directly involved on disaster teams, and did not aggressively pursue associated markets. However, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) recently completed an energy needs assessment of disaster response, recovery and mitigation activities. The study found that PV is best suited for specialized or dedicated applications that need to operate for long periods of time. This paper presents the findings of the study and the recommended applications for the disaster industry to utilize and the PV industry to prove. Professional paper presented at ASES conference.
Disaster Relief; Photovoltaics
Florida Solar Energy Center and Young, William, "Needs Assessment: Photovoltaics in Disasters" (1998). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 699.