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BBC Radio Surrey: Breakfast show

BBC Radio Surrey

James Cannon

30 July 2013


PA has been interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey about the potential that solar energy holds for the UK and what needs to be done to realise this.

The presenter James Cannon explains that scientists at the University of Surrey have created a fourth-generation solar panel that is far cheaper and more efficient than existing models. PA comments on the other sources of renewable energy available: “A lot has been going on in the field of renewable energy in recent years, particularly around wind energy, hydro-electricity and biomass, and solar is also very interesting.”

Responding to a question about the costs associated with renewable energy, PA explains: “The cost of renewable energy has been falling in recent years. Government initiatives have been trying to catalyse developments through subsidies, and in particular costs around solar energy have come down significantly over the past year or two.”

PA explains what the scientists at the University of Surrey will need to do to make their new solar panel suitable for widespread use: “Performance improvement will be key, coupled with cost reduction and energy storage, because clearly when our demand for energy is highest it tends to be cold and dark, and solar is not at its strongest at those points.”

PA comments on whether we are likely to see an increase in the use of solar panels: “I think we are going to see more of them, both on buildings and at dedicated solar sites. I think they are going to become far more commonplace, particularly with the installation rates that are needed to meet government projections.”

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