Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
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, Martin Wild, Doris Folini, Stelios Kazadzis, and Jan Wohland

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