School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


11 Nov 2021

COP26 explainer: The importance of solar energy and its incredible growth story

academic and student speaking to each other

Accelerating the transition from coal to clean power is a key focus of this year’s COP26.

The power sector accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and, to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, we need to move away from coal and towards clean power about five times faster than at present.

There are lots of big opportunities available as generating power using solar and wind is now cheaper than burning coal in most countries, generating more jobs and giving us cleaner air.

In a new video by the Loughborough University PR team, Professor Michael Walls, a Professor in Photovoltaics for Power Systems in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) and the Director of the EPSRC Supergen Solar Network, discusses what has been achieved so far with solar energy, its incredible growth story, and the contributions of Loughborough University in this area.

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