Title: Challenges to Realise 1% Electricity from Photovoltaic Solar Systems in the European Union by 2020
Citation: Proceedings of the 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion p. 2481-2484
Publisher: IEEE
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC33344
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC33344
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Accumulated installations of photovoltaic solar systems in the European Union have reached almost 2 GW at the end of 2005. The generated electricity was in the range of 2 to 2.5 TWh or merely 0.8 ‰ of the 3000 TWh con¬sumed in 2005. Standard models predict an average yearly growth of electricity consumption in Europe of 1.3% until 2020. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association Roadmap aims for a total installed capacity of 41 GW photovoltaic solar systems or an electricity generation in the range of 49 TWh or 1.1%. To reach the 41 GW in 2020 a continuous annual growth of 30% for 15 years is necessary. If we assume, that 50% of this 41 GW will be installed in two Solar I regions in Europe (Southern Italy and Southern Spain), this can correspond to 50% or more in those geographic areas at certain times of the day and distribution problems of this electricity are not addressed yet.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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