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Photovoltaic energy in France: energy, risks, environment, technologies and investment. September version 2010.

Comprehensive summary document on solar photovoltaics (in France) produced by one of the members of forums. Update: September 2010.

I. PHOTOVOLTAIC AND ELECTRICAL ENERGY

I.1. WHAT DO KW AND KWH MEAN?
I.2. WHAT DOES A KWH REPRESENT VERY CONCRETELY?
I.3. WHAT IS A KWC
I.4. AND THE KWH / KWC?
I.5. AND THE KWC / M²?
I.6. IS PHOTOVOLTAIC ELECTRICITY SUITABLE FOR ENERGY CONSUMPTION MODES?
II. PHOTOVOLTAIC AND NATURAL RISKS
II.1. CAN A LIGHTNING HAZE DESTROY A SOLAR INSTALLATION?
II.2. DO THE MODULES RESIST THE HAIL?
II.3. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ELECTRICAL NETWORK IS DISCONTINUED
II.4. DO YOU NEED TO CLEAN THE SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLATION REGULARLY?
III. PHOTOVOLTAIC AND LIFE CYCLE
III.1. ARE SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS RECYCLABLE?
III.2. HOW LONG WILL IT LAST MY PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM?
III.3. DO PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES LOSE THEIR POWER AT THE END OF A CERTAIN TIME?
III.4. WHAT IS THE CARBON BALANCE OF PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS?
IV. PHOTOVOLTAIC AND OTHER FORMS OF SOLAR ENERGY
V. PHOTOVOLTAIC AND TECHNOLOGY
V.1. CAN YOU CONNECT AND INSTALL ON YOUR OWN ANY PANELS ON ANY INVERTER? 10
V.2. WHAT IS A MONOCRYSTALLINE, POLYCRYSTALLINE, THIN FILM AND AMORPHOUS MODULE?
V.2.a) Monocrystalline Silicon
V.2.b) Polycrystalline (or multicrystalline) silicon
V.2.c) Silicon-free thin-film cells (CCM CIS or "Thin film CIS")
V.2.d) Amorphous Silicon Cells in Thin Films (CCM Si "Thin film Si")
V.3. WHAT DO THE BYPASS AND BLOCKING DIODES SERVE?
VI. PHOTOVOLTAIC AND INVESTMENT
ANNEX 1: TARIFF FUTURE OF PHOTOVOLTAIC IN FRANCE
APPENDIX 2: REFERENCES AND SOURCES

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