European solar map

Here is a map that reveals the solar energy potential for the Europea, and part of Middle East and North Africa: 11 MB pdf file.

Perhaps not to anyone ones surprise: The Mediterrean countries have much higher potential than Northern Europe. But even in the southern parts of Sweden solar panels for heating up water can be economically viable with break even of investment already after 5-7 years. Considering that a good house should be able to used for 100 or more years is is reasonably quick. And most people that buy a house would probably live in it more much longer than 7 years.

Read more on euractiv and JRC PVGIS.

I guess that most of the OPEC countries could be energy self-suffiecient by going over to solar energy. Since the Arabic peninsula mostly is desert it should be no match for them to set aside land enough for this. Same goes for Marocko and Libya etc. Maybe Khaddafi should write a really green book?

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At June 14, 2007, Blogger Luigi Mario said...

Actually, theres a factory in Portugal thats building a new kind of solar panels dont dont require silicium, they use some kind of gas between the receiving plates, turning is prodution a lot cheaper and they are using that kind of solar panels on that solar plant at the Alentejo...the biggest in Europe or the World...i donno ;)... kind of neet seeing a blink from Portugal out there in the Space :P

At June 14, 2007, Blogger Johan said...

I saw some note on a German solar plant in a Swedish newspaper stating it would be the largest in the world.

but looking at the solar map it certainly makes more sense to put a huge solar plant in Alentejo than in germany. or at least lots more energy per invested euro.

At June 14, 2007, Blogger Johan said...

should be good to avoid the silicon since it sucks up so much energy making those photovoltaics. at least the mono-crystalline. i think nowadays they are more amorphous so needs less energy per cell. but then transforming silica into silicon also requires lots of energy.


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