Recent innovations in solar energy education and research towards sustainable energy development
Article history: Received 1 November 2021, Received in revised form 29 November 2021, Accepted 29 November 2021, Available online 29 November 2021
The essential requirements of our everyday lives are fresh air, pure water, nourishing food, and clean energy in a most sustainable manner. The present review article concisely discusses recent innovations in solar energy education, research, and development toward providing clean and affordable energy and clean water to some extent. This article primarily addresses the Sustainable Development Goal 7 of the United Nations (SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy). Over the past few decades, many research activities have been carried out on solar energy conversion and utilization. The deployment of solar energy technologies has been witnessed to combat global warming and the betterment of the planet. Drivers and barriers to implementing solar energy systems from school to master's level through real-time deployments are discussed for further development and innovations. Mainly, expedited solar energy education and research are essential to improve solar energy utilization. The advancements in solar energy education and research towards sustainable energy development and circular economy are highlighted along with further directions required.
solar energy; energy education; climate change; research and development; innovations; sustainable development