Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1099–1113, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1099-2021
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1099–1113, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1099-2021

Research article 09 Nov 2021

Research article | 09 Nov 2021

Climate change impacts on solar power generation and its spatial variability in Europe based on CMIP6

Xinyuan Hou et al.

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Solar photovoltaics (PV) matters for the carbon neutrality goal. We use climate scenarios to quantify climate risk for PV in Europe and find higher PV potential. The seasonal cycle of PV generation changes in most places. We find an increase in the spatial correlations of daily PV production, implying that PV power balancing through redistribution will be more difficult in the future. Thus, changes in the spatiotemporal structure of PV generation should be included in power system design.
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