Climate change could mean fewer sunny days for hot regions banking on solar power - Update

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

Professor Amilcare Porporato in CEE and the High Meadows Environmental Institute and Jun Yin, a past CEE postdoc, had their paper, “Impacts of solar intermittency on future photovoltaic reliability,” highlighted by editors at Nature Communications as one of a small number of recent studies and articles published in the journal that are particularly interesting or important in the field of Applied Physics and Mathematics. Published in October with co-author Annalisa Molini at Khalifa University, the paper found that climate change could make solar-power production in hot, arid areas less reliable in the future as higher surface temperatures lead to more moisture, aerosols and particulates in the atmosphere. The study was the first to assess the day-to-day reliability of solar energy under climate change and was featured on the Princeton University homepage.

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