China's efforts to choose renewable energy seem to be sabotaged by fossil fuels. Air pollution is so intense that it blocks sunlight and affects solar panels.
The battle between fossil fuels and renewable energy is getting more and more intense. While some countries have taken the jump in the environment more vigorously, others are more restrained and still rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal.
This is the case in China, where stringent environmental rules leave much of the country in a cloud of smoke. However, not only fossil fuel production affects the environment in China, but "Sabotaging" the work of solar panels,
A study published in the journal Journal of Climate last year measured the solar radiation in China from the 1950s to 2016. The results show an intensive decline to around 2005, strongly justified by the increase in air pollution from coal and industrial combustion.
China has made great strides in this sector and has taken the lead in building solar panels. According to Ars Technica, between 2010 and 2017, the solar capacity of China went from just one gigawatt to 130 gigawattsAsian Americans are expected to reach 400 gigawatts by 2030.
Growing environmental concerns have prompted China to take these steps towards greener alternatives. Furthermore, Bart Swartson The Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich notes that huge solar energy production is lost due to the impurities of the atmosphere.
Data collected by Barth shows that air pollution blocks 13% of solar power production – but that's not even the worst case. In some Chinese provinces the limit varies from 20% to 28%. If China can return to the air quality that it had in the 1950s, Chinese solar panels can produce extra 14 teravats per hour,