Discuss the possibility that solar electricity could play the roles considered for wind electricity in section 6.3.2.
What is the diurnal and seasonal match between variations in solar energy generation and electricity load? For example, construct power duration curves or "power-minus-load" curves and discuss the need for short- and long-term storage of energy, in comparison with the corresponding informa tion regarding wind energy systems in geographical regions of good wind access.
Are there climatic regimes which from a system structure point of view (as distinct from a purely economic point of view) would make solar electricity the preferable solution?
Does it make any difference to the answers to the above questions whether the solar system in mind is based on solar cells or on concentrating collectors followed by thermal conversion?
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