Air Pollution Hindering Solar Energy Potential in China
The Government Licensed Registered Electrical Contractors is reportedly putting efforts at expanding its solar power supply, in order to meet 10% of the nation’s electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. However, the nation’s solar plants are being affected adversely by air pollution Solar PV Systems EPC Services .
According to a study that was published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a US journal, it was reported that the particulate matter was blocking the amount of sun reaching solar panel arrays, and reducing China’s output of solar energy.
The researchers at the Princeton University, reportedly examined how much of the sun’s radiation was reduced by aerosol components, which included nitrate, sulfate, black carbon particulates, and brown organic compounds, using NASA satellite data Electrical Engineering consultants company .
The researchers examined data covering all of China from 2003 to 2014 and observed that in northern and eastern China, which is reportedly the country’s most polluted areas, the solar Electrical Products Dealers and Distributors generation could be reduced due to air pollution by up to 1.5 kilowatt-hours per square meter every day. This could imply a drop of around 35% production capacity in the eastern province of Shandong, which was one of the top 10 provinces in the context of photovoltaic capacity last year.
The study also found that in western China, which was less industrialized and urbanized the air pollution cut around 10% of solar power production. The worst waste reportedly came in during winters, when the blocking effect of air pollution was found similar to that of the clouds. The air pollution in winter prevented around 20% of Solar PV Systems EPC Services from reaching photovoltaic panels on an average.