19 Oct '11, 3pm

Earth’s coldest regions have best solar potential, study says #solar #energy

19 Oct 2011: Earth’s Coldest Regions Have Best Solar Potential, Study Says Some of the coldest places on Earth, including the high altitudes of the southern Andes and the Click to enlarge Environmental Science & Technology Global map of PV solar potential Himalaya, could also have the best potential for solar power using photovoltaic technology, a new study finds. In a global assessment of photovoltaic potential, researchers found that high-altitude regions could generate high levels of solar power not just because they are sunny — and thus are exposed to high levels of solar irradiation — but also because the low temperatures actually improve the performance of some solar panel technologies . For example, developing solar plants within just 4 percent of the Himalaya’s high-potential region — or about 12,000 square kilometers — could provide enough power for all of China, ...

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