This week will be of the key importance for the future of solar developments in the EU and the whole European PV manufacturing industry. The strategic agenda for the European PV deployment and the PV manufacturing industry will be set in the REPowerEU Plan and EU Strategy for Solar Energy, which will be launched on Wednesday. These framing...
“If you please − draw me a sheep!”
Says the little prince in 2nd chapter of the wonderful book by Saint Exupery. If you remember well this story and if you read it again, long time after we probably all had do read it in school you might be surprised how much it can teach us: The aviator that tries to draw a sheep and fails all the time in the eyes of the (young) Little Prince. The Little Prince, Greta, our children and grandchildren cannot be satisfied with the “Energy policy-sheep” that current politicians draw, mainly influenced by powerful lobby groups that like to maintain the status quo.
Replay of the 1st virtual edition of the Solar Industry Forum
Watch it again! 1st Virtual edition of the Solar Industry Forum.
The benefits of local solar manufacturing – Renewable Energy Virtual Summit
Highlight of the benefits of local solar manufacturing at the Renewable Energy Virtual Summit
Eurosolar Europe Prize
ESMC Secretary General participated at the Eurosolar Europe Jury.
New push on policies from the ESMC
Push towards policies that efficiently support the European PV industry.
And the EU-parliament event tops this: EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030
EU Parliament voted the proposed amendment on the 2030 objective (60% carbon emissions cut by 2030)
“Save the French solar industry!” Article by our ESMC board member Lucas Weiss, Voltec Solar (English translation)
Article by our member Voltec Solar on the French solar industry.
“Solar disruption has just begun” by Prof. Weber at the First World Solar Technology Summit.
Video by Prof.Weber on the disruptive solar technologies at WSTS2020.
The Sun always in our mind…
“If I am asked whether it is in my nature to worship the sun, I say: absolutely!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in conversation with Johann Peter Eckermann, March 1832.
Fossil addiction drives us again:
The current hype for “Green” Blue and other shades of Hydrogen via “natural gas” removes energy from the effort that we need to put into the massive deployment of the renewables, mainly Solar PV.
Event: Innovations in electricity market design for solar and wind integration – 20 October 2020
Event : Innovations in electricity market design for solar and wind integration
20 October 2020 | Webinar
Event: Start Up Energy Transition 2020
Start Up Energy Transition
SET Week Online: October 19-22, 2020
New alliance for Solar Panels has been created
The new Ultra Low Carbon Solar Alliance will work to build greater market awareness around how solar supply chain decarbonization is producing solar panels with low embodied carbon to help governments and companies meet aggressive sustainability goals.
Solar will be the number one electricity capacity in Europe
Solar is predicted to be the number one electricity capacity in Europe, article by the IEA.
Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030
European Commission presented its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.
Some of you might know this fantastic Jazz song from 1932 performed by late Chet Baker:
Alone together, beyond the crowd
Above the world, we’re not too proud
To cling together, we’re strong
As long as we’re together
Although clear for a long time almost no European Government takes the appropriate action to tackle the challenges of our changing world. It does not help to meet and greet Greta and the world becomes a better place.
We need action to fight climate crisis but as well understand the effects on public health: An alarming report came from the European Environment Agency “Air pollution remains Europe’s top environmental threat to health, with more than 400 000 premature deaths driven by air pollution every year in the EU. Noise pollution comes second, contributing to 12 000 premature deaths.“ ‘The Green Deal on a sustainable future, strong action is needed… towards a more inclusive and sustainable Europe,’ said Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director.
Generalists vs Specialists
The 4th edition of the Solar Industry Forum that took place this Wednesday 9th of September showed again the increased dynamism of European PV manufacturers.
ESMC goes (virtually) India
Early September has seen an important number of high-level events pushing for more India-EU cooperation in Solar Energy.
Which way to go renewables in Europe?
Sleepwalking, side-stepping or frontrunning?
A part of the Bruegel Annual Meeting was VP Timmermans’ talk about the Green Deal, he’s in charge of. VP Timmermans gave a typical example of the lack of vision for Solar by the current statements of the EU-Commission officials.
United in Science: UN Organisations go TOGETHER!
CO2-concentration in the atmosphere reached a new high level: 410 to 414 ppm. If we want to keep the line for 1,5 degree for 2100 we need to reduce carbon emissions by 7 % – every year!
Is he the only one? Indien Prime Minister Modi, a Solar Visionary: Solar Power is sure, pure and secure
India and the visionary approach of Prime Minister Modi: towards Solar PV should inspire Europe.
Finance is key, but fossil and nuclear lobby control…and avoid.
In the latest ESMC discussions, included the Solar Industry Forum’s last session on 9th of September almost all panellists of the European Solar Renaissance Talk claimed easier access to finance.
One new plan more for European large-scale production – IconIQ-Greenfab
The new module production line from Energyra was inaugurated in Zaandam, The Netherlands last Thursday, September 3rd 2020.
Portugal breaking the world record solar price… but?
The recent tender in Portugal could raise eyebrows: with 0,01114 EUR/kWh, it has broken all barriers. But the most competitive PV installations in Europe cannot reach such a LCOE level.