Solar energy

The sun is one of the greatest sources of energy available to Earth. Admittedly, a majority of its radiation is absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere, but the rest is sufficient to cover the energy needs of the whole human race several times over. Energy from solar radiation can be collected by using solar cells to generate electrical power or by using solar collectors to produce heat. Even if it is primarily the southern States in Germany that can produce heat and electric power from the sun, solar energy makes up a 10% share of power generation using renewable energy in Schleswig-Holstein. In the northernmost state of Germany a peak output of more than 1,400 MWp (status 2015) is achieved. The paek output has increased significantly in recent years. In 2014 photovoltaic plants in Schleswig-Holstein fed approximately 1.3 billion kWh into the power grid (Föderal Erneuerbar - Solar).

Schleswig-Holstein is quite suitable as a location for solar power plants since the generally windy conditions between the seas provide a natural form of cooling for the power plants. Cooler photovoltaic plants yield higher output. This example demonstrates the necessity of integrating cross-cutting issues. Strong wind in combination with solar power plants with higher output can rapidly lead to overloading the power grid.

Research in the field of solar energy is going in numerous directions. Frequently the focus is on improvement of the materials in use in order to generate a higher yield with lower financial expenditures. Through its work, EEK.SH wants to assist in meeting important challenges such as storing energy for the seasons when there is less sunlight.

You can find a lot of information and facts about solar energy (in Schleswig-Holstein) on the homepage of Föderal Erneuerbar - Solar and on the pages of the Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien.

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