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The role of photovoltaics in energy transition assessing the prospects for a regime shift
AuthorReinsberger, Kathrin ; Brudermann, Thomas In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Posch, Alfred In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
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GAIA, 2015, Vol. 24, Issue 1, page 41-47
Publishedoekom
LanguageEnglish
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (EN)analytic hierarchy process / decentralized energy generation / energy transition / photovoltaics
ISSN0940-5550
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubg:3-2070 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOIdoi:10.14512/gaia.24.1.9 
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Photovoltaics is still a niche technology, accounting for a low proportion of electricity generation. Combining an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) with the analytic hier archy process, we discuss the prospects and challenges relating to photovoltaics in Austria, when attempting to move from a niche level to a regime level change in energy transition. In carrying out this hybrid method, a set of pre-defined SWOT factors were judged by experts by means of pairwise comparisons. As results reveal, strengths and opportunities outweigh weaknesses and threats. According to the experts, financial and technological considerations dominate over environmental and social issues. Hence, characteristics such as rapid reduction in module costs, technological progress and low economies of scale imply that significant promise may be assigned to photovoltaics in terms of its expected contribution to the transformation of our energy system.