On the occasion of the World Future Energy Summit in Dubai, WWF presented a new study on photovoltaic. Is titled "The Photovoltaic Atlas"And demonstrates, among other things, that even if the entire global electricity requirement were to be generated solely with the photovoltaic, this would occupy, contrary to popular belief, an insignificant amount of the earth's surface.
L'Altante del Photovoltaic, original title "Solar PV Atlas”Was drawn up by WWF in partnership with three companies in the sector, First Solare, 3TIER and Fresh Generation. The study shows that less than one percent of the global surface would be enough to meet the total demand for electricity expected in 2050, even if electricity were generated exclusively through photovoltaic energy.
The photovoltaic it is a well-established reality, it is a reliable and commercially available technology. The study stresses that no country has to choose between energy saving and landscape assets. The photovoltaic is often seen badly by the agricultural sector but the WWF study is clear: photovoltaic power plants allow the achievement of significant benefits, including a low environmental impact and short-term economic returns, while the replacement of the existing electricity grid with photovoltaic panels it would result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas and heavy metal emissions, as well as in water consumption.
The report studied seven different geographical regions: Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, and the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and it is clear that by 2050 it will be possible to meet 100 percent of total energy needs with renewable energy, the report takes into account only current technologies, without making unlikely futuristic leaps.
“Climate change threatens people and the natural world, so it is more important than ever to work towards a rapid switch of the energy paradigm. Because the protection of the environment and the development of renewables they can and must develop in parallel "
These are the words of Mariagrazia Midulla, Climate and Energy Manager of WWF Italy. The WWF report shows that the solution to the climate changes is within reach, but, reading the WWF press release, it is clear that in Italy the interests of hydrocarbons continue to prevail ... however, it is worth remembering that, according to the solar energy production of 2012, Italy is the industry leader!