In an age of declining globalism and fracturing supply lines, it is of the utmost importance that Europe is able to produce essential goods itself and is not dependent on relations with far-away suppliers. The most basic industries are food and energy. Everything else is secondary.
Europe has proven that it can successfully cooperate and set up potent industries and conglomerates, like ESA and Airbus and has a streamlined, highly efficient agricultural sector that is self-sufficient and net-exporter. Europa also dominates in wind turbine manufacturing and offshore installation.
Now it is important that Europa does something similar in solar module manufacturing. PV-solar is complementary to wind electricity generation, reducing the need to store energy.
[tno.nl] – Putting Europe back in the lead in solar panel production
[pv-magazine.com] – Europe had just 650 MW of solar cell manufacturing capacity at the end of 2020
[solarpowereurope.org] – European Solar Initiative
The European Solar Initiative aims to re-develop 20-GW manufacturing capacity of solar PV technologies in Europe by 2025. The European Solar Initiative was launched in February 2021 by SolarPower Europe and EIT InnoEnergy and is formally endorsed by the European Commission. The initiative aims to scale up solar PV manufacturing capacity in Europe to 20GW by 2025, unlocking €40bn of GDP annually and creating 400,000 new direct and indirect jobs across the PV value chain.
Two examples of European solar module manufacturers are Swiss Meyer-Burger and Dutch Solarge.
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