Essay by Eric Worrall
“Even solar plus batteries on a small section of Spain would solve EU energy needs.”
Elon Musk Has Original Idea to Solve the Energy Crisis in Europe
The billionaire is the CEO of Tesla, the electric-vehicle maker pushing the auto industry to reduce its CO2 emissions.
DEC 29, 2022 6:01 PM EST
Europe discovered a new reality this winter: energy rationing.
No matter which European country you are in, the inhabitants explain to you how they must save energy because of the energy crisis hitting the Continent.
Elon Musk seems to agree and even says that installing solar panels in a small area of Spain would be enough to solve the energy problems of the EU.
“The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany. This map is from Nadine May’s thesis,” the Twitter user tweeted on Dec. 27.
“Such an obvious move!” Musk commented.
And then the CEO of Tesla added that: “Even solar plus batteries on a small section of Spain would solve EU energy needs.”
…Read more: https://www.thestreet.com/technology/elon-musk-has-original-idea-to-solve-the-energy-crisis-in-europe
Spain is one of the sunniest places in Europe, but even Spain sees a drop from a peak of over 300 hours of sunlight per month in Summer, to around 150 hours of sunlight per month in Winter. Spain also has substantial periods of bad weather – last March Spanish solar output was 50% below normal thanks to bad weather.
I’m not sure how many batteries would be required to tide Europe through a month of poor Spanish solar output, but I’m guessing it would be a lot.
The biggest problem though, Musk’s idea isn’t original. Spain already tried solar energy.
A decade ago, Spain was all set to be the solar power mecca of Europe. Then the solar push collapsed, 62,000 mom and pop investors went bankrupt, after the Spanish Government ran out of other people’s money.
Investors are still fighting court battles, trying to get compensation from the Spanish Government.
I’m guessing the solar crash was too recent, it is probably a little early for Spain to go through all that pain again, unless Musk plans to personally put up all the cash.