Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is a large, rapidly developing industry. Photovoltaic technology is poised to help Europe make good on its goal of sourcing 20% of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2020. Recent progress has led to rising efficiencies, better reliability and falling prices. Improving solar cell efficiency while keeping costs low are the main challenges for further maturity and uptake of the technology. Commercial solar modules generally have efficiencies of 15%, which means about one-sixth of the sunlight striking a module generates electricity. At the end of 2010, about 38 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic power will be installed globally, which can produce about 40 TWh of electricity on a yearly basis. Europe,meanwhile, has a cumulative installed capacity of more than 25 GW, making it the largest world market.
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Photovoltaics is a key technology option for implementing the shift to a decarbonised energy supply. Solar resources in Europe and across the world are abundant and cannot be monopolised by one country. Regardless of how fast oil prices and energy prices increase in the future, and the reasons behind the increases, photovoltaics and other renewable energies are the only ones offering a stabilisation or even a reduction in prices in the future.
In June 2010 Henrik Bindslev, Director of the Danish National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Risø DTU), was named chairman of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), replacing Ton Hoff (ECN). Here, Mr Bindlev outlines how he sees the development of the EERA and how alternative energy technologies are emerging faster than anticipated.
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The 27th EU PVSEC Conference will take place in Frankfurt, Germany from September 24 -28, 2012, and the Exhibition from September 25 – 28, 2012. The conference will feature some 337 keynote, plenary and oral presentations and over 1300 visual presentations, alongside parallel events and a large industry exhibition. On September 25, in parallel with the event, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) will host the 9th European PV Industry Summit.
The conference will bring together professionals from the entire photovoltaic (PV) value chain in the financial and business hub Frankfurt in Germany.In addition to allowing for a deep insight into the development and progress in all areas of the PV sector, the conference will also provide ample opportunities to discuss new ideas and approaches to overcome some of the challenges the sector is facing.
The list of projects relevant to the European Solar Industrial Initiative is available on this page.
According to a recent report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), Solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity continued to grow at a spectacular rate in 2011, despite the economic crisis.
The annual EurObserv’ER report ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe’ has been released, which gives background information on renewable energy realisations and renewable energy shares in Europe.
Every year hundreds of organisations and individuals in over 30 countries take part in the EU Sustainable Energy week by hosting Energy Day events and activities that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
The renewable energy sector achieved record-breaking growth in 2011, according to two new reports on renewable energy trends issued on 11 June by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).
According to a report on Germany’s progress in achieving domestic and international environment commitments, published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at the end of May, the share of renewables in electricity generation in Germany has nearly tripled since 1995, when it stood at 5.9%, to 16.8% in 2010.
- Advanced Fossil Fuel Production
- Cogeneration of Heat and Power
- Carbon Capture and Storage
- Concentrated Solar Power
- Electricity Storage in the Power Sector
- Energy Intensive Industries
- Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
- Geothermal Power
- Nuclear Fission Power
- Nuclear Fusion Power
- Marine Energy
- Road Transport Efficiency
- Smart Electricity Grids
- Solar Heating and Cooling
- Solar Photovoltaic
- Wind Energy