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Published on June 12th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


10 Interesting Solar Power Graphics

June 12th, 2012 by  

While working on today’s CleanTechnica post on top solar power countries per capita, per GDP, and per TWh of electricity production, I noticed a ton of interesting charts and graphics in the Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2016 report. I thought these warranted a big share and their own post.

There’s a lot more information and a number of additional graphics worth a scan in that report as well. In particular, it has detailed info for dozens of countries. But, for now, here are 10 of my favorite graphics from the report:

1. Regional and country solar PV capacity relative to inhabitants

2 & 3. New and cumulative solar PV capacity segmentation (ground mounted vs. commercial/industrial vs residential) in leading European countries — a lot of variation

4 & 5. Projected solar PV annual growth and cumulative capacity under different policy scenarios (moderate vs policy-driven)

6. Cumulative installed solar PV capacity leaders at end of 2011 (globally)

7. Projected global solar PV annual growth under different policy scenarios

8. Solar PV dominated new power generation capacity in the EU in 2011; wind and natural gas also high; nuclear dumped

9. Another look at EU electricity production changes in 2011 — solar PV and wind accounted for 55.6% of new electricity (all renewables — 61.5%)

10. Change in net electricity generation capacity 2000-2011 — natural gas, wind, and solar PV dominate

Any thoughts?

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  • Nice graphs.  But dont even dream about reducing nuclear.  This worldwide recession is triggered by higher oil prices.  After Japan shutdown its reactors,  oil prices increased further.  We have to build more reactors alongside renewables and find a way to move the transport from oil to electricity.

    Any plan that does not talk about reducing Oil in the transport area is doomed to disaster.

    • ThomasGerke

      In a world where technologies are disconnected from the energy system that they supply, your statement might make some sense.

      The reality of today is though, that the same people that controll nuclear in japan are the ones that fight the idea of reducing japans dependency from oil.. With the high state of todays renewable technology Japan could lower it’s energy costs within just a few years in a way and for a price that nuclear could never accomplish. If they realize the possibility and break free from the nuclear lobby that almost crippled their nation beyond repair, they could expant wind & solar capacity and stimulate their economy by redirecting all those funds that go into energy imports. Besides:Your plan doesn’t address transportation.Nuclear operates in a demand driven baseload-centric energy power system that is heavily dominated by vested interessts of the  fossil fuel corporations.Renewable energy sources operate in a supply-driven system dominated by variable sources. That means that there will be moments of surplus energy all the time, which will be utilized for transportation & heating/cooling. There are just a few hundred GWh of wasted surpluss windpower in Germany and the car industry is already investing millions in power-to-gas storage technology with industrial scale applications under construction. 30 Years of the nuclear hydrogen economy and nothing happend… a pipedream with massive profits, corruption and hazardous waste for generations to come….

  • Graph number 9 is mislabelled. Instead of wind and solar PV accounting for 47% it was actually 47TW (out of a total new capacity of 84.5TW.  Therefore wind and solar PV account for 55.6% of new capacity in the EU in 2011.  Add in the other renewables which were added (5TW) and renewables account for 61.5% of all new generation in the EU.   

  • tibi stibi

    interesting that germany 80 million inhabitants is nr1!!
    and usa 300 million inhabitants and richist country in the world is nr 5

    no wonder the german economy is doing well, a lot of energie money stay’s in their country

  • Nice graphics.  # 6 is my favorite.  I like to see where each country stands in relation to others. I knew that Germany was in the lead so I can ‘show’ my customers exactly how much.  Thanks.

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  • ThomasGerke

    Great Graphics! 😀

    Especially 8,9 & 10 are looking good. It seems that things are certainly changing.

    • yeah, i was very happy & a bit surprised to see those.

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