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Photovoltaics has gained incredible momentum. “It pierced the Turów power plant”

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From January to the end of November 2023, photovoltaics produced almost 13 TWh (terawatt hours), while the Turów Power Plant produced 11 TWh in the entire 2022 – said Greenpeace Polska spokesman Marek Józefiak. Jakub Wiech from the portal Enrgetyka24 noted that “huge photovoltaic power is needed to generate as much energy as in one conventional generating unit”, which is why it is necessary to build a nuclear power plant in Poland.

“Polish photovoltaics has surpassed the Turów power plant. This year, electricity production from photovoltaics will increase by almost 60% compared to 2022. From January to the end of November this year, photovoltaics gave us almost 13 TWh (terawatt hours). For comparison, the Turów power plant produced in the entire 11 TWh in 2022,” Józefiak wrote on social media.

He explained that it was based on data from the Jagiellonian Institute analytical center.

Energy from photovoltaics

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A spokesman for Greenpeace Polska added that “in 2020, only 1.3 TWh was produced from solar power plants throughout the year. In turn, this year, only in May, the production amounted to 1.9 TWh.” He also pointed out that “this year, the months with the highest solar energy production were May, June and July (1.9 TWh each)”, while “in January, photovoltaic production amounted to only 0.2 TWh”.

“If we add up the monthly production from photovoltaics and windmills, it turns out that they provided a similar amount of electricity in all months of this year – from 2.6 TWh in February and November to 3.3 TWh in May and October,” he wrote.

Energy from conventional units

“I am glad that you noticed that huge photovoltaic power is needed to generate as much energy as in one conventional generating unit. As you pointed out: 15 GW in Polish PV generated approximately as much energy as 2 GW in Turów” – Wiech said in response to Józefiak’s entry.

He added that “therefore, in addition to the capacity of solar power plants, we also need large units that will be emission-free – i.e. nuclear power plants.”

In his opinion, “one reactor with a capacity of approximately 1 GW would be enough to generate approximately as much energy as 15 GW in Polish photovoltaics.”

Photovoltaics in Poland

The report of the Energy Regulatory Office (URE), published in the second half of March this year, shows that at the end of 2022, over 1.2 million micro-installations were connected to the power grid, 99%. of them are photovoltaic installations. Their installed capacity amounted to over 9.3 gigawatts (GW).

“Currently, over 1.3 million prosumers produce energy for their own needs in Poland. A particularly dynamic increase in the number of micro-installations took place in 2019-2022, when over 1 million new prosumers started operating on the national energy market. Total capacity of micro-installations at the end of August 2023 exceeded 10 GW,” wrote the then deputy minister of climate, Ireneusz Zyska, in November 2023.

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Plans for two large nuclear power plants in Poland

At the end of September, Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe signed a contract with the Westinghouse-Bechtel consortium to design the first Polish nuclear power plant to be built in Pomerania. According to the current schedule, construction will begin in 2026, and the first unit with a gross electrical capacity of 1,250 MW will be launched in 2033.

At the end of November, the then Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskwa issued a basic decision at the request of PGE PAK Energia Jądrowa regarding the construction, in cooperation with the Korean company KHNP, of the second nuclear power plant in Poland.

The power plant is to be built in 2035 in Konin-Pątnów in the Konin commune in Greater Poland, in the areas bordering the current power plant of the ZE PAK Group.

Main photo source: AlyoshinE/Shutterstock

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