A few years ago its future looked dim, but new technology is offering Germany’s solar sector a fast new lease of life. Not only does it promise the revival of Germany’s solar sector. It’s also the dream of any householder keen both to cut back on fuel bills and help in the fight against climate change – a combined solar and battery unit capable of supplying power to the home on a 24-hour basis. Now the dream is being turned into reality – with Germany leading the way. Over the past five years more than 150,000 German homeowners and small businesses have installed combined solar and battery storage units. Advances in technology mean that battery storage units for an average-sized house can be relatively small – about the dimensions of a medium-sized fridge. Solar power for general household use is supplied from rooftop photovoltaic panels. Additional energy is fed into the battery storage unit – often placed in a basement – for use at night or on days when there is no sun. More than 50% of rooftop solar systems now being sold in Germany are installed along with a battery storage facility.
Climate News Network 18th Dec 2019 read more »