300 GW p.a. by 2025: Bold Vision for the Future of PV
Big interest in launch event of the Solarpraxis 300 GW initiative at EU PVSEC
“Ambitious but realistic” was the key message from the over 150 attendees at the CEO breakfast event held by Solarpraxis and its publications pv magazine and photovoltaik to launch its 300 GW initiative. The sentiment that joint forces are required and the industry must work together to reach this goal was shared, which sits as a part of a global energy transition towards 100% renewables.
Prof. Eicke Weber from the Fraunhofer ISE and Christian Breyer from the Reiner Lemoine Institute were speakers at the event, and both discussed a renewable scenario where the world’s energy supply could be comprised on 100% renewables between 2040 and 2050. This scenario would see photovoltaics (PV) as a key pillar of the energy supply, along with wind power, hydro and other renewable sources.
Breyer set out that he envisages PV providing around 10,000 to 12,000 GW of global installed PV capacity between 2040 and 2050, to serve the energy demand of a world population of 10 billion people in a sustainable fashion. This would mean an average energy consumption of 7,000 kWh per individual, per year. This is the current consumption level of the average Western European citizen.
To accomplish this, it is necessary to reach 300 GW annual installed capacity by 2025, the goal of the initiative. “This goal is realistic, especially as you see the fast learning curve of the PV industry,” said Prof. Weber. The Fraunhofer ISE head said that in parts of the world the PV industry is able to supply electricity today at between 11 to 12 euro-cent per kilowatt hour. In many parts of the world this makes PV already competitive to fossil fuels, when that fossil fuel electricity supply is not heavily subsidized.
One goal of the global 300 GW initiative is to kick-off discussions and set national and regional PV installation targets in many parts of the world. By example, Solarpraxis’ German-language publication photovoltaik presented its goal of 200 GW installed capacity in Germany by 2025. This is three to four times above the official targets set by the present German government for PV in Germany. It would mean that solar electricity supplies around 30% of the country’s energy needs between 2040 and 2050.
Lively discussion and debate was sparked during the launch event of the 300 GW initiative and there was much discussion about a post-feed in tariff (FIT) PV market in countries such as Germany. In the residential market net metering and self-consumption models were enunciated as having great promise by Prof. Weber. He also said that electricity utilities should see great opportunities in an energy transition and the PV sector to develop new business models for the future.
Solarpraxis’ 300 GW initiative is being partnered by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Coveme and supporters include Kaco and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).
Bruno Bucci, Coveme CEO, stressed the need for mutual know-how sharing to reach this goal. Lars Feldscher, Senior Vice President of Hellmann eCommerce emphasized the importance of intelligent distribution to serve such a market.
The next step in the 300 GW initiative is the launch of web platforms to publicize the initiatives and the sharing of concrete measures that can be put in place to reach the 300 GW. Solarpraxis will also present the initiative at APVA in October in Singapore and at PV trade shows in India and China in the coming months. The Forum Solarpraxis, held in Berlin in November, will also be a platform for discussion on the topic.
For more information, head to www.pv-magazine.com/features/300-gwa-initiative
Judith Hübner, phone +49 (0)30 726 296-327, email judith.huebner(at)solarpraxis.de