The future is looking extremely good for solar, considering that the cost of a sq m of PV panel is about the same for an LCD TV. There is far more room for economy of scale and new tech to drastically drop prices. Plus, installed capacity is still doubling faster than every 2 years.
It seems that PV systems are loosing their air with each upcoming quarter (not ever year). I will not be surprised to see the iSupply forecasting even lower growth by next quarter. As long as the cost per kW of solar energy will remain uncompetitive to that of the fossil based energy, the future is bleak for solar. The same goes to the other energy sources.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.