China could increase solar yield by fighting the smog

Shenzhen, China

If China fights the smog in the country vehemently, the country could massively increase solar power production, according to researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). China could provide 85 to 158 terawatt hours of additional electricity per year in 2040 with its current and newly built photovoltaic plants, provided that emissions from energy, transport, industry and households could be completely eliminated. The additional production would be at least one third greater than Switzerland's current electricity requirements and would generate up to $10.1 billion dollars more for the Chinese electricity industry from solar power generation.
»According to the model, solar radiation would increase by an average of eleven percent nationwide due to strict air pollution control measures. The solar cells would then generate one-tenth more electricity.« However, the potential for growth is not the same in all parts of the country. For example, solar radiation in Beijing would increase by only eight percent, but by 26 percent in the central Chinese provinces such as Chongqing.

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