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.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.