If you want to get a glimpse of how the energy profiles of many major economies will evolve in coming years, then the energy production data from Germany for the month of May is not a bad place to start.
Below are a series of graphics that will be presented at the Australian-German solar forum in Berlin this week by Dr Martin Green, the solar cell pioneer and head of the school of photovoltaics at the UNSW, and Dr Bruno Burger from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Frieburg.
The first is the most dramatic. It illustrates the growing impact of renewables on the German electricity grid in the month of May just past. It is based on actual production data supplied by the local market. Although much was made by the record 20GW of capacity from solar PV on Friday, May 26, and the 22GW set the next day, the graph makes clear that solar was a major contributor for the entire month… Read more