World Record: German solar systems produce electricity with a capacity of more than 20,000 MW for the first time
Muenster - The growing erection of photovoltaic systems and the early summer weather provided Germany with a new world record for solar capacity, producing electricity at midday on Friday (25th May 2012). According to IWR, a renewable energy institute based in Muenster, German solar systems with a capacity of more than 20,000 MW feeding environmentally friendly power into the national grid for the first time under a cloudless sky at midday on Friday. The solar power plant capacity reached 22,000 MW at midday on Friday. This is equivalent to the capacity of more than 20 nuclear power stations. \"There is currently no other country in the world in which solar energy systems can produce electricity with a capacity of more than 20,000 MW\", says Allnoch.
The contribution of photovoltaics to power production covers an increasing proportion of the rising power demand in Germany in the course of the day until midday. Power demand through the day follows a bell-shaped curve, i.e., little power is required at night and during the day the demand for power rises strongly until midday and then falls again evenly until the evening. According to Allnoch \"the fact that the sun provides substantial power plant capacity at exactly the time it is most needed – namely at the peak time over midday - is often underestimated\". Expensive peak load power stations are being used less and less frequently, if at all.
This is an English translation of the German original (26th May 2012). Only the German version is binding.
Muenster, 26th May 2012
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In 1996, the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) was established as an independent and private service institution of the renewable energy industry. The IWR focuses on the fields of research, economic and policy consultation as well as media and international networks in the renewable or regenerative energies sector. One main objective of the IWR is to play an instrumental role in introducing and spreading awareness for an industrial, international business profile of the renewable energy industry.
Dr. Norbert Allnoch, Director of the International Economic Platform of Renewable Energies (IWR), 1995, on the definition: "According to our definition, the Renewable Energy Industry is one which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of renewable energy supply (protecting both the climate and resources) and the construction of renewable plants and systems (industry policy for the three areas electricity, heat and fuel."Chronology of the Renewable Energy Industry - Important IWR contributions, including prizes and awards - 2007 Publication of the first structural analysis for a federal state according to the IWR-analysis method for renewable systems engineering and servicesï¿½(study "Zur Lage der regenerativen Energiewirtschaft in NRW" )2007 International network-contacts:IWR-director Dr. Allnoch speaks with King Harald V. of Norway and ï¿½slaug Haga, norwegian minister of energy Presentation of the network / RENIXX in the USA, dialogue with McGinty, environment minister of Pennsylvania2006 IWR starts renewable stock index RENIXXï¿½ (