Climate change will impact how fast PV modules degrade: new study

4 March 2024

A new UNSW study shows photovoltaic modules will lose efficiency and cost more to produce in hotter regions in Australia.

Industrial large-scale photovoltaic (PV) modules are being rolled out across the country as solar technology is expected to become one of the largest sources of renewable energy worldwide by 2026.

However, shifts in temperatures brought on by climate change means that solar panels are at greater risk of degradation due to prolonged exposure to the harsh outdoor conditions.

New modelling from UNSW researchers highlights the need to consider the evolving climate in PV module design.

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