A hotter planet will make solar power less efficient
Photovoltaic cells are notoriously sensitive to temperature. Now a new study reveals how global warming will reduce output across the globe by 2100.
by Emerging Technology from the arXiv
Aug 15, 2019
Solar power is a green, renewable energy source and an important way to reduce the planet’s reliance on fossil fuels. The great hope is that this and other renewable sources can help reverse the heating that threatens our climate.
But there is a problem: climate change is likely to have a significant impact on solar power generation, not least because of changes in the amount of incident sunlight in different parts of the world. Some areas will see more sunlight and others less because of changes in cloud cover, atmospheric water content, aerosols, and so on. Most places will see greater variability.