Yesterday I was at a gym with a German friend of mine. He’s studying mechanical engineering and business economics, so it was not surprising that after the gym, when we sat down to eat something, the discussion went to energy technologies and their future.
I’m not gonna go through the whole conversation, but the key point was, that even though in Germany “almost every roof” has a solar panel installed, and it is economically wise even in a relatively short time range to install even small devices, not all the people do it. They think, that Photovoltaics (PV) is something, that is still not mature enough. They think that it’s better waiting for the cells to become better and so on. Also a question arises: Why does the government support the industry so much just to get to pay every household an abnormally high price of the electricity? It also makes the overall electricity price to rise. For those confused: If you install a PV panel to your roof in Germany, you will get a fixed price for the electricity you produce to the grid. This price is more than what you pay for your electricity on average. Of course you can also use it yourself, but right now, I guess, it’s economically wise to sell it out.
Well the reason for the question above is: IF there would be no investments made in ( if no-one would buy the) PV, there would be no industry to produce them. The state is assured that PV is a good thing. That’s why they are strongly driving the economy to make it an economical investment for the households to buy a PV panel. This leads to a booming industry, which leads to more money to that industry. More money means also more money to R&D (Research and Development), because a variety of companies are trying to get a firm market position in the early growing markets. This inevitably leads to development.
In real life it means cheaper, more efficient solar panels or other technologies to harness the power of the sun. Also for the regular consumers. This is, as we know, essential for the renewable future of our economy. It helps us when we don’t want to be dependent on the last oil drops, for which you soon have to pay 150 or 200 dollars per barrel.
Member of Parliament, Oras Tynkkynen, shared this one this morning in Twitter. I’m quite certain, you’ll find it interesting! plastics-put-solar-on-the-verge-of-an-energy-revolution