Solar energy for electricity generation
Thanks to the global availability of solar energy, Photovoltaics (PV) offers an attractive solution for generating both grid-connected and off-grid electricity. Also, solar radiation can be concentrated and high-temperature heat stored through solar thermal power plants, allowing electricity to be generated on demand.
German companies are world leaders in the research and development of new PV technologies. A prerequisite for positive future market development is further reductions in costs, for example, by maximising the degree of efficiency and reducing the amount of material used, as well as increasingly utilising the technologies in other areas of application. The industry also offers sophisticated solutions in the areas of systemic integration of photovoltaics in electricity grids from a wide variety of energy sources. Amongst others, PV modules and highly efficient inverters are the best advertisements of the German PV industry.
Also, Germany is one of the global leaders in research into and development of solar thermal power plants. Today, German manufacturers supply the core components for solar fields (for example, precision mirrors and solar receivers) and power-station units as well as the necessary measurement and control technology, and thus have a large share of the global market. Besides this, German companies have an internationally acknowledged reputation as technology consultants, certification bodies and experts.