A Comparative Synergetic Analysis of Developments and Trends in Solar Energy: Case Study of China United States EU and Taiwan

  • 蘇 怡惠

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Sustainable clean energy such as solar energy applied to electricity generation has become an important topic that has been drawing international attention According to the Bureau of Foreign Trade Ministry of Economic Affairs the solar energy output of China the United States the European Union and Taiwan accounts for over 70% of the global total which may influence the future development of solar energy In the present study the main considerations from an industrial perspective include output; upstream midstream and downstream solar patents; key technologies; photovoltaic and thermal patents for photothermal electricity generation and net exports The main considerations from a government perspective include government R&D funding R&D manpower and energy density (energy consumption per unit of real GDP) The main considerations from an academic perspective include the publications of solar energy and key technical journals academic research funding and research fields During 2005–2015 the study involved China the United States the European Union and Taiwan Industrial governmental and academic data were integrated to determine the -status of solar energy input and application The integration of resources was performed by linking the industrial governmental and academic trajectories of solar energy over time and synergetics was adopted to investigate the changing trend of solar energy application and propose relevant strategies and suggestions The results are as follows Due to the continued downturn in the global economy there is an expected oversupply of solar panels and it is therefore suggested that solar energy-related industries adopt a wait-and-see attitude and make prudent investment in technologies or products From a government perspective the future incentive and support policies for solar energy tend to be conservative From an academic perspective due to the R&D capability of solar energy (soft power) it is expected that publications developing new technologies or improving existing technologies will increase on a yearly basis and therefore an optimistic attitude can be taken
Date of Award2020
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorJong-Hua Wu (Supervisor)

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