The recent decision by the Berlin government to disconnect all nuclear power plants is the creation of a series of far-reaching consequences.
Europe’s largest economy could produce about 80 percent of its total energy supply from renewable sources by 2050. Germany has set a new world record for the amount of solar energy produced by a nation.
According to the Institute of Renewable Energies (IRE), its solar power plants produced a record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour at noon on Friday and Saturday.
This amount of electricity is equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity.
The energy generated offered a third of the country’s energy needs during the work day on Friday, and half of their needs on Saturday, when offices and factories were closed.
The German government decided to move away from nuclear energy shortly after the Fukushima disaster last year. Eight of its nuclear power plants were shut down immediately and the remaining nine will be closed by 2022.
Critics of renewables have argued that it is reliable enough and an industrialized nation can not produce enough to meet their needs.
However, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been dedicated to show that it is possible. At this time, the country gets 20 percent of its overall annual electricity renewables, and four sun.
This process has been very costly for the Germans. However, as demonstrated by a report this year by the Ministry of Environment, German customers pay an extra four billion per year on top of your electricity bills to support solar energy.
The Institute for Renewable Energy conducts applied research in the fields of solar energy and energy efficiency in buildings. Its activities include national and international research projects, as well as direct cooperation with industry partners.
The Institute is divided into four collaborative research groups: Solar Thermal Systems, Photo-voltaic Systems, Energy in Buildings and Energy Strategies and Planning.