The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels. This applies to energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions during the production process, according to a comprehensive study by Atse Louwen and Wilfried van Sark from Utrecht University and colleagues from University of Groningen and Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Their research results were published 6 December in the leading journal Nature Communications.
According to a new report by APAC Market “Asia-Pacific Solar Energy Panel Market – Types, Mounting Systems, End Users, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 – 2020“, the Asia-Pacific solar energy panel market is expected to reach $37.8 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.8% during 2014 – 2020.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced last week the successful launch into space of TEXUS 51 research rocket from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden on 23 April.