If you were to install a solar power plant, where would you? I bet your answer stands in between California and Sahara, and you couldn’t be more right to think so. Who’d ever think of installing a photovoltaic plant on the top of Himalaya, for example?
Well, a new study performed by researchers from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology reveals that places like the Himalaya mountains or the southern Andes are more than appropriate for building your power producing plants on.
The advice would be wise to follow not because there’s more sun there than in California, but because high temperatures reduce the life time and performance of solar cells, and those cold mountain tops are cold enough to keep the devices cool and running most efficiently. They say that only 12,000 square kilometers (4 percent of Himalay’s high potential region) are enough to provide all the “juice” needed to power China.
However, building at those altitudes and sending the power “back to earth” seems nearly impossible or with huge expenses. What this study can help with, though, is giving an idea on how rural areas living in the study’s targeted regions could implement such installations for their own use.