Austria can increase the solar share into its electricity mix by several options; building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), agriculture plus photovoltaic (agrophotovoltaics), road-integrated photovoltaic, floating photovoltaic (FPV), and vehicle integrated photovoltaic (VIPV). It is important to note that these options are based on Austria’s potentials and capacities.
According to Technologie Plattform Photovoltaik (TPPV) paper, Austria can enhance its annual solar energy production from 1.5 TWh, the current position, to nearly 12.5 TWh in 2030. Austria’s average annual energy consumption is 64 TWh. Therefore, solar energy now contributes to only 2.34 percent of the energy demand.
But the good news is that solar PV can propose and pave the way towards carbon neutrality due to its wide variety of options.
According to Taiyang News, there is immense potential for solar PV in Austria that can be explored in the form of utilizing large open spaces, but TPPV believes more can be done in the form of bifacial solar modules, agrophotovoltaics, installing anti-glare solar facilities along the roadside or even green hydrogen. Floating solar power plants is another opportunity to be exploited here.
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