The potential power of the Greek sun
Some blue-sky thinking in an article in the Financial Times about how Greece could become an electricity exporter to the rest of Europe. Solar plants in the heavily indebted country could become a major source of export income as well as providing cheap electricity for the rest of Europe.
The article also lays bare the problems facing plans for a pan-European electricity grid, bringing cheap solar electricity from the sunny south to the demand-heavy north; the protected interests of the French nuclear industry, for example, which prevents a trans-Pyrenees network and a Spanish government which is avowedly anti-solar despite the obvious advantages solar offers to a nation without indigenous oil or gas supplies.
Until these protected interests are confronted, Europe will continue to be highly dependent on Russian gas and Germany will, despite its green image, continue to burn huge amounts of the filthiest coal.
The Chinese are way ahead in developing very high capacity transmission lines which take solar electricity around the country and allows Chinese industry and its citizens the competitive advantage of cheap energy. Europe needs to wake up
You can read the article here www.ft.com/content/92dc0746-7782-11e8-bc55-50daf11b720d
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