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Study shows pollution dramatically reducing solar power generation in China

An international team of researchers has found that air pollution in China is dramatically reducing the amount of power that is generated by solar cells in that country. In their paper published in the journal Nature Energy, the group describes studying data from solar observational stations over the past several decades and what they found.  China currently leads the world in solar energy production—the country produced 170 gigawatts of power at the end of last year. And the country has plans to add a lot more. But according to the new study, China is not realizing the full potential of its solar installations due to air pollution—particles in the air block some of the solar radiation.  Read more....

 

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