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Air Pollution Cast Shadow Over Solar Energy Production

Hardest-hit areas are big solar investors: China, India, Arabian Peninsula


Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations – China, India and the Arabian Peninsula.

Mike Bergin, research partner of the UL Chemical Safety Research Group, along with researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology – Gandhinagar and the University of Wisconsin measured the decrease in solar energy gathered by dusty solar panels.

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