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The UK solar energy resource and the impact of climate change

Published on Nov 1, 2014in Renewable Energy5.44
· DOI :10.1016/j.renene.2014.05.034
Dougal Burnett2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Edin.: University of Edinburgh),
Edward Barbour8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Edin.: University of Edinburgh),
Gareth Harrison34
Estimated H-index: 34
(Edin.: University of Edinburgh)
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Abstract
Solar energy use in the UK is increasing dramatically, providing both heat energy and generation of electricity. This trend is expected to continue due to solar technologies becoming cheaper and more readily available along with low carbon government legislation such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) supporting solar energy deployment. However, the effects of climate change on the solar resource remain largely unstudied. Climate change affects cloud cover characteristics and consequently directly affects the performance of solar energy technologies.
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