|24 November 2015|

Solar will be the planet’s primary source of energy by 2025, according to a report by Thomson Reuters.

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has looked into its rather sophisticated crystal ball to compile: The world in 2025 – 10 predictions of innovation. It is a fascinating round-up of some of the biggest changes it predicts will face humankind.

And the dominance of solar energy is one of those predictions.

“Thanks to improvements in photovoltaic technology, chemical bonding, photocatalysts and three-dimensional nanoscale heterojunctions, the use of the sun as the world’s primary source of energy is no longer for the environmentally- conscious select; it is for the masses,” the report states.

“The sun’s energy will be harvested much more efficiently. Its energy will be stored and used when needed. And the conversion of solar power will be much more efficient.

“Solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy (from new dye-sensitized and thin-film materials) will heat buildings, water, and provide energy for devices in the home and office, as well as in retail buildings and manufacturing facilities.

“Chemical bonds, a photosynthetic process, will make solar energy available when needed. Increased efficiency of energy conversion will be realized through new materials such as cobalt-oxide and titanium-oxide nanostructures, photocatalysts and 3D nanoscale heterojunctions; while new methods using mesoscopic oxide films sensitized by dyes or quantum dots will contribute to improving the 2014 solar conversion efficiency rate of less than 10%.”