Collections > UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection > Advanced Innovative Solar Technologies for UNC - Chapel Hill: Examining the Future Status of Emerging Solar Technologies in 2020 and 2025 for Placement on the New Football Indoor Practice Facility

With the negative environmental and social impacts of relying on nonrenewable energy resources becoming more understood by society as a whole, a move to renewable-based energy resources is now and will be increasingly appealing and necessary in coming years. Solar photovoltaics that convert the sun’s light into energy could lead the way to a more sustainable future. In recent years, solar technology as a whole has experienced impressive strides towards less expensive and more efficient cells. Additionally, a variety of new forms of solar technology has entered the stage, such as CIGS, CdTe, quantum dot, perovskite, and organic solar cells. The goal of this study is to identify the most practically and economically feasible emerging solar technology available in 2020 and 2025 and to develop a conceptual plan for its installation on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s new football indoor practice facility, based on a site analysis, conversion efficiency, and cost projections.