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Europe photovoltaic capacity - tripled by 2010

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:15 pm    Post subject: Europe photovoltaic capacity - tripled by 2010 Reply with quote

http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSL0374763720070903

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Reuters - 03/09/07

Installed capacity of photovoltaic systems, which turn sunlight into power, will triple by 2010 to 3 gigawatts (GW) in Europe due to efforts to fight climate change, the sector's industry association said.

"We would like to go forward to have, in 2010, an installed capacity in Europe in the range of 3 GW, (up) from about 1 GW last year," Winfried Hoffmann, president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), said on Monday.

"In the years to come I would hope we would still then have at least 25-30 percent growth," Hoffmann told reporters on the sidelines of a photovoltaic solar energy conference in Milan.

Europe is the world's leader in renewable energy, with about half of all photovoltaic output produced there last year. Only 30 percent of solar cells are produced in Europe, while their output in China is growing fast, conference participants said.

Hoffmann dismissed worries that China can fully overtake European solar energy equipment production, which has been automated and thus does not require a lot of costly European labor.

Sunny Italy, which lags behind Europe's solar energy leader Germany, plans to boost its photovoltaic energy capacity to 3,000 megawatts in 2016 from about 50 MW installed by the end of 2006 thanks to new incentives approved earlier this year.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet it will all be in Germany too - and maybe a couple of others.

Can't see a significant quantity being installed in the UK, with the current incentive(less) regime.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems that France and Spain have both decided to go for Feed-In Tariffs.

Both countries have a really good reason for wantng MORE electricity FAST: Spain with its rapidly-increasing economy and France with its just-about-to-be-pensioned-off Nukes.

Germany of course knows there's a need for more energy after their coal stocks, after all that's (a large part of) what they were doing in Poland etc 60 years ago!

So I'm beginning to see a pattern emerging: any country SERIOUS about Renewables because history has taught it they're needed in order to SURVIVE, goes for FIT.

While our government piffles about. Hmm.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think FIT is one of the proposals in the new Conservative Party document.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and the unintended side effect is....

poor people in Africa and India try to replace their kerosene lamps with solar PV lanterns and small home lighting systems are finding the prices are no longer falling. A further problem is that the manufacturers are now biased towards the large modules we use in Europe, while the developing countries need small panels, as each user has more modest needs.

There seems to be a moral issue here - we in the West caused the energy and environment problems, and got rich doing so, and now we need to change, we're the ones who can afford to, leaving the poor stuck where they are...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikepepler wrote:
...and the unintended side effect is....

poor people in Africa and India try to replace their kerosene lamps with solar PV lanterns and small home lighting systems are finding the prices are no longer falling. A further problem is that the manufacturers are now biased towards the large modules we use in Europe, while the developing countries need small panels, as each user has more modest needs.

There seems to be a moral issue here - we in the West caused the energy and environment problems, and got rich doing so, and now we need to change, we're the ones who can afford to, leaving the poor stuck where they are...


Thing is, it was us who had the creative spark to develop all these technologies in the first place.

Power resides with the creator . . . but if we in the West are to keep our power, we now need to come up with some creative solutions on a planetary scale. We need to take some lessons from nature, the ultimate creative force.
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