Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly, using Photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). CSP systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.
Within Europe, solar power - either PV or STE – is gaining popularity and has the potential along with other renewal sources, to make the region CO2 emission free.
Today, more than 70 gigawatts of photovoltaic systems and 28 gigawatts of solar thermal systems have been installed in Europe. This is enough to supply 20 million households with electricity.
Comsar is contributing to extensive pan-European research into increasing the efficiency of converting sunlight in PV cells and reducing generation costs. We are also investigating the fast-growing CSP sector, with its simple and non-polluting technologies that can be deployed relatively quickly and can contribute substantially to reducing carbon dioxide emissions.