Solar power at record levels in Germany but a long way to go because of lack of bulk storage facility

We cannot underestimate the importance of solar power in the energy mix of some countries. Germany for instance recently it produced 22 GW of electricity for four hrs. It is half its requirement during mid-day. Germany has been making rapid strides in this field.

 Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity,” Phys.org quoted  Norbert Allnoch, Germany’s director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry in Muenster. The plants peaked at 22 gigawatts of output for a few hours over the weekend, on Friday and Saturday. The report noted that the 22 gigawatts is up from 14 GW a year ago. Also, this 22 gigawatts of output is equal to about 20 nuclear plants.

You can access data on the amount of solar power generated in Germany at any point of time. Details are provided for each postal district at:

http://www.sma.de/en/company/pv-electricity-produced-in-germany.html

According to Phys.org a 2012 Environment Ministry report showed that German taxpayers pay an extra four billion euros per year on top of their electricity bills to support solar power. It appears that they are doing it ungrudgingly.

With this euphoria, if any one believes that the power scarcity may be solved by solar energy, they are living in their own world. However, the situation will change if appropriate power storage capacity is set up. Solar panel cost has been coming down rapidly. Still it is expensive.

India has plans to set up 20 GW by 2020 at a cost of $19 Billion. I shall cover the details of Indian programme in another blog.

 

 

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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