Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Solar electricity generated from PV panels and mirrors is due to become one of the leading sources of power generation in the 21st century. It is abundantly available and will become cheaper to produce than fossil or nuclear electricity, due to technological advances in thin-film solar cells and conversion rates of solar irradiation. EU researchers… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After hydro power wind energy presently constitutes the biggest source of renewable energy on earth, ahead of PV electricity. The EU is the biggest producer of wind energy, China coming second. Both register extraordinary growth rates. Installed wind capacity accounts for 4 per cent of total power capacity in China and 5 per cent in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For the past ten years, Spain has invested heavily in wind energy. After Denmark and Germany it is the third most important generator of wind energy in Europe. In doing so, Spain has acquired precious experience in the design and installation of wind turbines as well as the development of large-scale wind parks. In 2008,… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The leading Norwegian manufacturer of photovoltaic cells and panels expects PV power generation costs to decline to only 8 cents/kWh as of 2010, provided installations benefit from at least 1800 hours/year of sunshine. That is the case in the countries around the Mediterranean, the southern parts of the USA, India, China, Australia and many other… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein